Swiss cellist Timothée Botbol has given solo performances in the UK, Switzerland, France, Germany and Italy, in venues including St John’s Smith Square, Royal Albert Hall, Purcell Room, Kings Place, Chapel Royal, Lausanne Steinway Hall and KulturRockt Festival.
He has appeared as guest principal cellist with the Welsh National Opera orchestra and principal cellist of ensemble Collegium, as well as a chamber musician with artists such as Vilde Frang and Lawrence Power in venues such as the West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival, Møn Sommerkonzert in Denmark, Concerts in The West series, the Royal Overseas League and St Martin-in-the-Fields. In February 2017, he was awarded the Grand Prize Special from all categories at the II Augustin Aponte International Music Competition in Tenerife and is a Yeomen of the Worshipful Company of Musicians as well as a Park Lane Group Young Artist.
Starting his early musical education in Geneva at the Jaques Dalcroze Institute, he later progressed to the Lausanne Haute École de Musique and the Royal College of Music on the Artist Diploma program under the tutorship of professors such as Patrick Demenga, Alexander Chaushian and Richard Lester. His studies were supported by a Musicians’ Company Lambert Studentship, the Concordia Foundation, the AF Marescotti ville de Carouge Award and the Fondation F & M-F Minkoff. He also has participated in numerous masterclass with renowned cellists such as Gary Hoffman, Franz Helmerson, Gustav Rivinius, Jérôme Pernoo and Miklòs Perényi. In addition to the cello, Timothée has performed as a baritone soloist, singing at Geneva’s Victoria Hall accompanied by the Geneva Chamber Orchestra.
Beethoven: Sonata for cello and piano op. 69 no.3 in A major (26’); Sonata no.3 (22’), Sonata for cello and piano op. 102 no.1 in C major (14’), 7 Variations on a Theme by Mozart ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’ in E flat major (15’)
Bloch: “From Jewish Life” (1924) (9’), Méditation Hébraïque ( 7’), Nigun (improvisation) ( 9’)
Brahms: Cello Sonata no.1 op. 38 in E minor (25’), Cello Sonata no.2 op. 99 in F major (30’)
Bridge: 4 Pieces for Cello and Piano (11’)
Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano (13’)
Dvořák: Waldesruhe op. 68 (6’), Rondo op. 94 (7’)
Fauré: “Après un rêve”(3’), Elegie op. 24 (7’)
Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor op. 19 (35’)
Schumann: Fantasiestücke opus 73 (12’), Adagio und Allegro opus 70 (10’)
Popper: Hungarian Rhapsody opus 68 (7’), Elfentanz op. 39 (3’)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee (3’)
Saint-Saëns: The Swan (2’)
Tchaikovsky: Valse Sentimentale (3’), Autumn Song (3’)
Bach: 6 Suites for Solo Cello, BWV 1007-1012 between (15’) and (30’) each
Beethoven: Für Elise (arranged for solo cello) (4’)
Cassado: Suite for Cello (15’)
Cheryl Frances-Hoad: Excelsus (2002) (7’)