ROLAND PIDOUX – cello
Roland Pidoux studied at the National Music Conservatory in Paris, earning diplomas in 1965 and 1966. Under the influence of his masters Jean Hubeau and Joseph Calvet, he developed a strong interest in chamber music, alongside his career as a concert artist. In 1968, with Jean-Pierre Wallez, he founded the Ensemble Instrumental de France, then was a member of the Via Nova Quartet for seven years before joining Régis and Bruno Pasquier in the Pasquier Trio. In 1969, he was engaged by the Orchestra of the Paris Opéra, then in 1978, by the Orchestre National de France, in which he was cello solo until 1987. He later joined his old friend, pianist Jean-Claude Pennetier, to form a new trio with Régis Pasquier. In addition to his career as a cellist, he devotes a large portion of his time to conducting and in this capacity has appeared with orchestras such as the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre National de Bordeaux and the Orchestre de Provence-Côte d’Azur. Like his master André Navarra, Roland Pidoux has taught cello at the National Music Conservatory of Paris since 1988. Since that time, Roland Pidoux has also been artistic director and in charge of programming for the Bélaye Rencontres de Violoncelle (‘Cello Meetings’) in the Lot département of southern France.