Born in 1971 Anne Gastinel began playing the cello at the age of four while studying simultaneously the piano and the oboe. She gave her television début at the age of 10 as concert soloist. Five years later Anne Gastinel finished first place at the Music Conservatory in Lyon went on to complete her brilliant studies at the National Music Conservatory in Paris.
In 1989, she met Yo Yo Ma, Janos Starker and Paul Tortelier who later became her masters and profoundly marked her personal musical evolution.
By the age of 18, Anne Gastinel had performed in over fifty cities throughout Europe, won the 1st prize of the International Competition of Scheveningen and became the first French artist in forty years to reach the finals of the International Competition of Prague.
Revealed to the vast public by the 1990 televised Eurovision Tournament in Vienna and shortly thereafter at the Rostropovich Competition in Paris, Anne Gastinel pursued an impressive solo career which took her on annual worldwide tours around Europe, Africa, Asia and America performing in prestigious halls among which the Salle Pleyel, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre Châtelet, Schauspielhaus, Musikverein, Santori Hall, Victoria Hall.
For the past 12 years she has equally been performing with internationally renown orchestras and distinguished artists such as Kurt Sanderling, Emmanuel Krivine, Louis Langrée, Semyon Bychkov, Vladimir Spivakov, Pinchas Steinberg, Yuri Bashmet, Max Rabinovitsj, Lord Yehudi Menuhin…
Her recording career both in chamber and orchestral music won acclaimed success from the international press and resulted in great distinctions such as the Victoires “Young Talent 1994”, Victoires “Best Recording of the year” 1995, “Discothèque idéale”, Prix “Fnac” in 1995 and 2000 the Prix de l’Académie du disque et Classique d’Or by French Radio RTL in 1996 and 1998 – the “Choc” du Monde de la Musique, Télérama¦¦¦¦ 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002.
Designated unanimously in 1997 as ambassador of French cello, Anne Gastinel was nominated in New York by Marta Casals-Istomin to receive the mythical Matteo Gofriller cello belonging to Pablo Casals. Presently Miss Gastinel performs on a Testore made in 1690 (association “Fonds Instrumental Français”).
She has received several distinctions among which the “Femme en Or 2002” for the Perfoming Arts. Anne Gastinel has also held the honory position of Patron for the “Festival des Rencontres de Musique de Chambre de Lyon” since 2000.
Anne Gastinel continues to charm her audience wherever she performs - striving to privilege the art of sharing – the very essence of music to her eyes.