Régis Pasquier

Violinist


Born in an illustrious family of musicians, Régis Pasquier is rocked by music from his early years on. This complicity proves from the start to be highly fruitful, as he wins his First Prizes in violin and chamber music at the age of 12, before flying to the United States two years later. 

Régis Pasquier

This journey will be decisive: there he meets Isaac Stern, David Oïstrakh, Pierre Fournier and Nadia Boulanger. Seduced by his playing, Zino Francescatti invites him to join him within the prestigious American concerts agency Columbia Artists Management Inc.: Régis Pasquier is soon demanded as a soloist by all great North-American orchestras, in particular by the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, then regarded as the best orchestra worldwide, as well as the Pittsburgh Orchestra.

A few years later, Zino Francescatti invites Régis Pasquier to record at his side for Deutsche Grammophon, Bach’s “Concerto for two violins” BWV 1043. 

His reputation spreads largely beyond the United States and his « frank and wide tone, his thorough care of phrasing, his outstanding technical ease, his perfect sound accuracy » (Le Figaro) are soon distinguished by the most famous orchestras, who invite him to France as well as to Japan, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic….

Régis Pasquier performs under the most prestigious conductors: in the first place under Lorin Maazel, with whom he tours in the US, but also under Georges Prêtre, Leonard Bernstein, Alain Lombard, Michel Plasson, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Jean Fournet, Marc Soustrot, Rudolf Baumgartner, George Szell, Matthias Bamert, Edo de Waart, Michael Tilson Thomas, Charles Dutoit, Tamas Vasary, Yoël Levi, Seiji Ozawa, Louis Langrée, Neeme Järvi, Eugen Jochum, Emmanuel Krivine…

Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Menahem Pressler, Leonard Rose, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Murray Perahia, Paul Tortelier count among his widely renowned chamber music partners. To the recognition by his peers, he adds recognition by the audience: in 1991 he is chosen asthe « Best solist of the year » by the « Music Victories » and is awarded the « Special Prize » by the New Record Academy.

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“…his thorough care of phrasing, his outstanding technical ease, his perfect sound accuracy…”

LE FIGARO