Bertrand Raynaud, cello
« Bertrand Raynaud enchante cette nouvelle édition du Festival de Beauvais. » (Renaud Machart, Le Monde, 2001)
After his success at numerous international competitions (prize-winner at Scheveningen 1995, Makneukirchen 1992, Yamaha Paris Foundation 1993, semi-finalist of the Tchaikovsky competition in 1994), Bertrand Raynaud was invited in various countries among Europe and Japan as a soloist and chamber musician. Prestigious venues invited him to play (Radio-France, Théâtre du Châtelet, London Wigmore Hall, Tokyo Yamaha Hall, Festival of La Roque d’Anthéron and L’Empéri), where he performed with partners like Gérard Caussé, Marielle Nordman, Emmanuel Pahud, Paul Meyer or Svetlin Roussev. Bertrand Raynaud studied the cello at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris, with Philippe Muller (Third cycle, 1992-93) and at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow (1994). Thereafter, he received the teaching of Janos Starker, David Geringas, and Lynn Harrell.
Holder of a master’s degree in French medieval Literature (Paris–Sorbonne 1997), he also engaged in writing theater and poetry. His theater pieces have been performed in Paris, Metz or Genève and, under translation, in Berlin (Berliner Festwochen 2004). Three books of his have been published, such as Mammifères, Planisphères, or Mille et une nuits: Théâtre. He also wrote booklets of operas, for composers François Sarhan and Benjamin de la Fuente (Les Articulations de la Reine; La langue dans le crâne). Laureate of the writing foundation Fondation Beaumarchais in 2005, he dedicated himself recently to the writing of short stories and narratives (La Mort en Province, 2015).
As a musician, he also approached other stage forms, like improvisation with the Turkish ney player Kudsi Erguner and scenic music writing, for choreographers like Christine Bastin and Carolyn Carlson.
Raynaud is teaching chamber music at the Conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt (Pôle Supérieur).