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Francis Gouton (Cello)
 
     

French cellist Francis Gouton has given concerts and played as soloist and with chamber groups for important venues in Europe, Asia, North- and South America, Australia and New Zealand; such as, Columbia University in NYC, Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C., Boston, Los Angeles, Queen Elisabeth Hall in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Osaka Sinfony Hall, Seoul, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney Opera House, Berlin Schauspiel Haus, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Hamburg Musikhalle , Ludwigsburg Festspiele, Paris, Lyons "Musicades", Gstaad Festival, Caracas, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, as well as in the "Saint Barths music festival" in the French carribean.

His Chamber music partners have been Thomas Brandis, Josef Silverstein, Ana Chumachenko, Rainer Kssmaul, Nelson Goerner, Ingo Goritzki, Paul Coletti, Emmanuel Pahud, Franco Petracchi, Alex Klein, Bruno Pasquier or Jean-Claude Pennetier.He has also played as a guest artist with the Claude Bolling Jazz Trio.

A new star is born on the cellist's sky... Clarity and transparency of the melody line, an immaculate technique and a particularly beautiful tone characterize his (Bach)- interpretation. (Pforzheimer Zeitung 1987)


In the 90es Gouton's career evolved in Japan, where as a member of the soon famous 'TYPHOON QUARTETT' he set new standarts in the Japanese world of classical music. The Quartett with violinist Furusawa Iwao (JP), pianist Phillip Bush (USA) and violist Paul Coletti (Scotland) gave around 40 concerts every year at the most important Japanese venues like Tokyo Suntory Hall, Bunka Kaikan, Orchard Hall, Osaka Sinfony Hall, Sapporo Kiitara Hall, Yokohama, Nagoya, Fukuoka etc. In addition there were numerous performances on radio and television as well as 4 CDs recorded in London and New York and 2 live DVDs with Sony. The CDs and DVDs remained were first on the Japanese classics charts for several weeks.

Gouton's Tone is as eloquent as a voice...(Stuttgarter Nachrichten 1999)


As a soloist he played for the Stuttgart state orchestra, the W rttembergisches Chamber orchestra, Stuttgarter chamber orchestra, Realfilharmonia de Galicia (Santiago de Compostella), Orquestra sinfonica de Maracaibo (Venezuela), Century Orchestra Osaka, BIO Orchestra Tokyo to name a few

...An especially savoury Cello... Gouton's lustrous cello would soften the hart of ea statue (Richmond Times-Dispatch - USA 1994)

For many years he has explored the world of Bach - interpretation from solo and chamber music pieces to masses and oratorios in close cooperation Helmuth Rilling and as a solo cellist of Rilling's Bach Collegim.

He gives masterclasses in Japan, USA, France, Germany, Canada, in Switzerland and in China. He was also invited by Helmuth Rillings Internationale Bach Akademie to teach in Spain, Poland and Venezuela.

...Francis Gouton, whose tone on the cello has the same expressive power as a Fischer- Diskau...(crescendo 2004)


At the beginning of his career renowned personalities like Maria Kliegel, Janos Starker, Paul Tortelier, Mstislav Rostropovich and Pierre Fournier were his teachers and mentors.

He has recorded many solo and chamber music pieces on CD and DVD e.g. with Claves, Hera, Naxos and Sony.
In 2007 Francis Gouton was appointed Professor at the Musikhochschule in Trossingen (Germany).

...Francis Gouton's interpretation is particularly interesting. In its vivaciousness, its brio, its energy without pomp it seems to join the great French cellist of former times, from Maréchal to Fournier (Diapason, France 1994)

In 1993, Francis Gouton as awarded with the European price for young artists (Europáisches Förderpreis für junge Künstler) in Zurich.

In 2007 Francis Gouton was appointed Professor at the Musikhochschule in Trossingen (Germany).

November 2009 saw Francis Gouton as a soloist in Japan, performing Dvorak s concerto with the Gunma Symphony Orchestra and the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, both under the baton of Martin Turnovsky, as well as Tchaikovsky s Rococo Variations with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dorian Wilson. Highly acclaimed was his noble rendition, which was supported by the virtuosity that he had inherited from Pierre Fournier. Already he is scheduled to appear with Tokyo orchestras in June 2011.

Francis Gouton plays a Cello by Domenico Montagnana, Venice 1734.

.. How Gouton wrought the most wonderfull dying tone next to silence from his Montagnana Cello of 1734 was heartbreaking and more than a glimpse of times when celli were still singing. (Reutlinger Nachrichten 2005)

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