A few weeks ago, I had a video conversation with my 4 years-old nephew and my brother on Skype. At one point, my brother (also a cellist) tells my nephew: “You know Blaise plays in a cello quartet? He plays with three other cellists.” My nephew starts laughing: “A cello quartet? Noooo…That’s not possible!” Yes, it is! But it is indeed a strange concept and I believe it is rare to get a chance to have such a group with a long-term commitment. Since the Boston Cello Quartet is now releasing its first CD album, “Pictures”, it was interesting to look back on our three years together and talk about the challenges of being in a cello quartet. When I asked my colleagues to form a cello quartet, I knew [...]
About Blaise Dejardin
Born in Strasbourg, France, in 1984, Blaise Déjardin made his debut with orchestra at age 14, performing Haydn’s C Major Concerto at the Corum of Montpellier, France. First prize winner at the Maurice Gendron International Cello Competition (2005) in France, Blaise Déjardin became the youngest prizewinner at the 6th Adam International Cello Competition (2006) in New Zealand.
As a soloist, he performed with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, the French Camerata, and many others. His performances were broadcast on various radio stations, such as France-Musique, YLE, Radio New Zealand, VPR, WGBH.
An active performer of new music, Blaise Déjardin gave the US premiere of “Les formes du vent” for cello solo by French composer Edith Canat de Chizy in 2008. A passionate chamber musician, he has performed in many festivals in France, and was invited for two summers at the Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. He shared the stage with musicians such as Ralph Kirshbaum, Miriam Fried, Malcolm Lowe, Donald Weilerstein and Paul Katz.
From 2001 to 2004, Blaise Déjardin was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester, touring all over Europe, Russia, and South America. In 2010, he founded the Boston Cello Quartet, made up of four cellists from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which released its first CD album in February 2013. As a composer/arranger, he writes numerous pieces for cello ensembles, including the BCQ, which led to an ASCAP Plus Award for his work in 2011. His piece for 12 cellos, “Aquarela do Violoncelo”, was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and premiered at the Gala of Opening Night at BSO in 2012.
In 2013, he launched Opus Cello, his online sheet music publishing company, dedicated to his arrangements for cello ensembles, from 2 to 12 cellos.
He holds a First Prize of Cello with highest honors from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique of Paris, as well as a Master of Music Diploma and a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston. His main teachers were Philippe Muller, Laurence Lesser and Bernard Greenhouse.
Blaise Déjardin is the recipient of awards and scholarships funded by the Gregor Piatigorsky Fund, the Adami, the Fulbright Foundation, the Singer-Polignac Foundation, and the CulturesFrance Foundation.
Blaise Déjardin joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2008.