Nominated as Newcomer of the year 2014 by the French-Grammys ‘ Les Victoires de la Musique’, the Franco-Belgian cellist Camille Thomas was chosen by Musiq'3 - RTBF to represent Belgium at the European Broadcasting Union Competition, where she was awarded the 1st price and named “New Talent of the Year 2014”. In 2017 she was awarded an ECHO Klassik Preis and she signed as an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon international, becoming the first cellist signed in 40 Years by the prestigious yellow label.
Camille is conquering the world stage at a staggering pace. Camille already worked with conductors like Paavo Järvi, Mikko Franck, Marc Soustrot, Darrell Ang, Kent Nagano, Stéphane Denève and with orchestras such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Academia Santa Cecilia, Sinfonia Varsovia, Staatsorchester Hamburg in the Elbphilharmonie, the Lucerne Festival Strings in the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Orchestre National de Bordeaux, Brussels Philharmonic, and so on.
Mikko Franck recently invited her to step in for Sol Gabetta with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France for a very successful concert praised by all the critics in Hannover.
The Turkish composer and pianist Fazil Say wrote his cello concerto Never Give Up for Camille. The world premiere was on 3 April 2018 in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris under Douglas Boyd.
Camille studied in Frans Helmerson’s and Wolfgang-Emmanuel Schmidt's class at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and Weimar, after working with Marcel Bardon and Philippe Muller in Paris and Stephan Forck in Berlin.
Camille plays the Stradivarius “Feuermann” (1730) generously loaned from the Nippon Music Foundation and a bow by Eugène Sartory kindly on extended loan from the Fondation Roi Baudoin - Fonds Bollandsee.
VOICE of HOPE
“Beauty will save the world,” wrote Dostoyevsky, which is the claim that Camille Thomas makes throughout this record. Not beauty for the sake of hedonism, but a beauty that believes there is a burning line to be drawn between pain and hope. Camille Thomas' new album illustrates this, structured like an archipelago surrounding the Cello Concerto composed by Fazil Say. Camille Thomas gave its premiere in 2018, and her album spanning the work of ten composers, allows us to travel the path from pain to hope. On the threshold, we meet three pieces: the heart-rending melody of the Kaddisch by Ravel, a sublimation of the Jewish prayer for the dead; the lamentation from Purcell’s Dido, quasi a lullaby from the queen who awaits her death, in a nakedness without pathos; and between those two works, the tender Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Gluck’s Orfeo, in which we hear the first signals of hope. The album is available today for pre-order and is accompanied by the pre-release track of Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits from his opera Orfeo ed Euridice.
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"A new star of the cello is discovered"
Jens Rasmussen, DR Radio Denmark
In January 2018 Thomas was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30, the “annual encyclopaedia of creative disruption and youthful visionaries featuring young stars across 20 different industries.”
Voice of Hope- Album trailer, 2020
Ravel- Kaddisch, music video by Sonia Sieff
Camille Saint-Saëns- Cello Concerto no 1
Orchestre National Bordeaux ,
Pablo Casals El Cants Dells Occels (Song of the Birds - Chant des Oiseaux) for Cello Solo
Stars von Morgen ARTE/ZDF Broadcast
Camille Thomas "Jeunes Solistes Grands Destins" Un film de Thierry Loreau
Capriccio I Camille Thomas I 09.02.2017 | Bayerischer Rundfunk