The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize
Selected by Pierre Boulez, Sixth Prize Laureate
Jean-Guihen Queyras was born in Montreal and raised in France. He graduated with first-prize honours from the Conservatoire Superieur de Musique de Lyon and continued his studies at Freiburg's Musikhochschule and in New York at Juilliard and Mannes College. At 18, he was awarded the title of "most promising young artist" at the Rostropovich Competition in Paris and was a prizewinner at the Munich International Competition.
Queyras' extended repertoire encompasses classical and contemporary works which he performs worldwide. He has been invited to give chamber music concerts and solo recitals in the most prestigious halls in Europe, Japan and the United States.
Queyras was the solo cellist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain with whom he recorded the Ligeti Cello Concerto for Deutsche Grammophon, conducted by Pierre Boulez (1995 Gramophone Contemporary Music Award) and is currently Professor at the Conservatory of Music in Trossingen, Germany.