Bruno Pasquier


Fervent interpreter, managing a perfect balance between the majestic nature of the instrument and the demands of the virtuoso” – La Suisse

This review, following Bruno Pasquier’s interpretation of the Bartok concerto for viola, expresses well the synthesis that the artist could perform between his musical sensitivity, his impressive technique and his respect of an instrument he gets a large and powerful tone from that made a name for himself as one of the best viola players in the world. 

Bruno Pasquier, viola – New Ross Piano Festival

After a classic start of career with several First Prizes, at first by the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris (1961) and then by the Munich International Competition (1965), Bruno Pasquier got great responsibilities as first viola at the Orchestre de l’Opera de Paris (1965–1985) and then at the Orchestre National de Paris (1985–1990). He won the confidence of prestigious conductors such as K. Boem, G. Solti, S. Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, and many others. But his increasing activity as a soloist all over the world led him to leave his orchestral posts.

As early as 1972 his career expanded rapidly especially when Lorin Maazel chose him as a guest soloist for a tour in Japan with the Orchestre National de France. Since then, Bruno Pasquier has performed in most European countries, in the United States, Canada, China, Russia.

Also chamber musician in great demand, Bruno Pasquier, who is frequently associated with his brother, the violinist Regis Pasquier, and also with cellist Roland Pidoux for concerts in trio, performed with important musical personalities such as Nadia Boulanger, Salvatore Accardo, Maurice Gendron, Yehudi Menuhin, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Leonard Rose, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Paul Tortelier. Isaac Stem, Josek Suk, and with the most prestigious pianists of our time.

His pedagogical career starts in the seventies, at first as the assistant teacher of Serge Collot at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris, and then as viola and music chamber teacher (1983). Moreover, Bruno Pasquier is frequently solicited to give master-classes in the international establishments the most renowned. Having several prize-winning recordings from different disc Academies, his set of records is really large.

He obtained the Victoire de Ia Musique for the recording of the Sinfonia Concertante by Mozart with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege and the Communaute Francaise, in company with his brother Regis Pasquier.

Bruno Pasquier plays a wonderful Paolo Maggini viola (early 17th century) that he could obtain thanks to the great stringed instrument maker Etienne Vatelot and with the complicity of Yehudi Menuhin.

Bruno Pasquier has been officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres since June 2001 and also Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Merite since May 1997.


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