Jean-Guihen Queyras's recent recording for Harmonia Mundi dedicated to Dvoøák including the cello concerto with the Prague Philharmonia under the baton of Jiøí Belohlávek won exceptional critical acclaim, especially in Great Britain. The CD was BBC Radio 3 CD of the week in November 2005. His previous recording dedicated to both Haydn and Monn's cello concertos on a period instrument together with the Freiburger Barockorchester, was Top CD in the BBC Music Magazine and praised in both The Independent on Sunday and the Saturday Telegraph as the definitive baroque version. His next project will feature Viennese works by Schubert, Berg and Webern
His extensive repertoire also encompasses more recent works, which he performs internationally: he gave the world premieres of Ivan Fedele's cello concerto (Orchestre National de France, Leonard Slatkin) and Gilbert Amy's concerto (Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall, Tokyo) and recently premiered Bruno Mantovani's concerto with the Saarbrücken Radio Sinfonie Orchestra and Phillippe Schoeller's Wind's Eyes with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg.
With Concerto Köln, he made his debut in the main hall at Carnegie Hall in New York with the Schumann concerto and is due to perform Beethoven's Triple with pianofortist Andreas Staier and violinist Daniel Sepec with whom he regularly performs as a trio. The trio will embark on their third tour of Europe in March 2007.
His chamber music partners also include Tabea Zimmermann, Antje Weithaas, Lars Vogt, Isabelle Faust, Emmanuel Pahud, and Leif Ove Andsnes, who invited Jean-Guihen to participate in a chamber music series at the Zankel Hall in New York. Jean-Guihen was also invited to present a series of five concerts at the Muziekcentrum Vredenburg in Utrecht, 'Jean-Guihen Queyras and Friends', including performances by the quartet Arcanto of which he is a member and, in May 2007, he will again devise the programming of a concert series entitled “A Week-end with Jean-Guihen Queyras” at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Jean-Guihen's particular focus on repertoire for solo cello, which brilliantly demonstrates the exceptional narrative and expressive force of the instrument "senza basso" in programmes featuring the Suites by J.S.Bach as well as contemporary pieces, led him to devise and perform several series of concerts including three highly acclaimed recitals he gave at the Triphony Hall in Tokyo and four concerts at the Théâtre du Châtelet. He also commissioned six composers (Kurtag, Harvey, Mochizuki, Amy, Nodaïra & Fedele) to write an 'echo' to each of the six Bach Suites for solo cello, in a project called 'Six Suites, Six Echos', which will be given in prominent venues such as the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Hamburg's Musikhalle and the Cité de la Musique in Paris.
His solo engagements with orchestras include the Philharmonia, Orchestre de Paris, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Zürich, Radio-Sinfoniorchester Saarbrücken, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, The Prague Philharmonia, Münich Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Philharmonie Antwerpens, the Sao Paulo State Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra.
Jean-Guihen was the solo cellist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, with which he recorded the Ligeti Cello Concerto for Deutsche Grammophon, conducted by Pierre Boulez (Gramophone Contemporary Music Award). For Harmonia Mundi he has released two solo CDs; the first, dedicated to Britten's suites, received great critical acclaim from the British press, and the second, featuring works by Kodaly, Kurtag and Veress, was awarded a Diapason d'Or. Jean-Guihen has also recorded Dutilleux's Tout un Monde Lointain for Arte Nova/BMG and Boulez's Messagesquisse for Deutsche Grammophon (Gramophone Contemporary Music Award).
In November 2002, Jean-Guihen Queyras received from both Pierre Boulez and the Glenn Gould Foundation, the City of Toronto Glenn Gould International Protégé Prize in Music. This recognition, from one of the greatest musicians of our time, is indicative of the exceptional musical talent Jean-Guihen embodies.
Jean-Guihen Queyras has been appointed Professor at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany.
Since November 2005, Jean-Guihen plays a cello made by Gioffredo Cappa in 1696, on loan from the Mécénat Musical Société Générale.