Lionel Cottet

Winner, Astral Artists’ 2012 National Auditions

Hailed by The Strad for performances that are “full of sparkling detail and with a dash of rapt reveries,” cellist Lionel Cottet has debuted in London’s Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. His recent recording of Bernhard Romberg’s Cello Concerto, for the Sony Classical label has earned critical acclaim.

A winner of Astral Artists’ 2012 National Auditions, Mr. Cottet has appeared as soloist with the Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields, the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, the Polish Radio Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Swiss Italian Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Geneva Symphony Orchestra, and in such venues as the Zürich Tonhalle and Geneva’s Victoria Hall.

Mr. Cottet’s passion for chamber music has taken him to Marlboro Music, the Verbier Festival, The Perlman Music Program, the Bergen Festival, the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, and Poland’s Chopin Festival. He has been invited to work with distinguished teachers at the Verbier Festival and Academy, Seiji Ozawa’s International Music Academy Switzerland, the London International Master Classes, the Pablo Casals Festival in France, and at St. Petersburg’s Olympus Festival, where he performed with Itzhak Perlman, Clemens Hagen, Arnold Steinhardt, Pierre Amoyal, and his duo partner, pianist Louis Schwizgebel.

In 2011, Lionel Cottet was honored with the Swiss Ambassador’s Award. He has received many additional honors, including First Prize at Dresden’s Dotzauer Competition and the Swiss National Competition, as well as Second Prize at Warsaw’s Lutoslawski Competition and the Brahms Competition in Austria. He held the Leonard Rose Scholarship at The Juilliard School.
Mr. Cottet has developed a deep interest in modern music through his collaboration with the Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik (OENM) in Salzburg, and performs a wide repertoire of contemporary pieces, both as a soloist and chamber musician.

Born in Geneva, Lionel Cottet studied in the Artist Diploma program of The Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick, at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Clemens Hagen, and at the Geneva Conservatoire with François Guye.

Mr. Cottet plays a 1852 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violoncello.

Updated: August 2014