Voted Artist of the Year 2011 by the listeners of France Musique and the readers of Diapason, Emamnuelle Bertrand was discovered by a wide public when she won the young soloist category at the Victoires de la Musique in 2002.
She was a pupil of Jean Deplace and Philippe Muller at the Conservatoires Nationaux Supérieurs de Musique of Lyon and Paris, and went on win a prize at the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris, first prize at the Japan Chamber Music Competition in Tokyo, the Prix de l’Académie Internationale Maurice Ravel, and a scholarship from the Fondation d’Entreprise Natexis.
Her penchant for contemporary music has led her to give the first performances of numerous works dedicated to her, among them pieces by Nicolas Bacri, Édith Canat de Chizy, Pascal Amoyel, and Bernard Cavanna (Shanghai Concerto). In 2000 she gave the world premiere of Luciano Berio’s Chanson pour Pierre Boulez. In 2014 she will give the first performance of Thierry Escaich’s Cello Concerto. A passionate devotee of chamber music and member of the ensemble Les Violoncelles Français, she has appeared in duo repertoire with the pianist Pascal Amoyel since 1999. They premiered together the musical performance piece Le Block 15, directed by Jean Piat, which recreated the testimonies of two musicians saved by music during the Second World War. In 2011 she devised Le Violoncelle de guerre, a programme of music and readings focusing on the cello made for Maurice Maréchal in the trenches during the First World War, which was the subject of a film by Christian Leblé for France Télévision.
As a soloist she has played with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique du Grand Montréal, Orchestre Symphonique du Québec, Busan Symphony Orchestra (South Korea), National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, and, in France, the orchestras of Lille, Île-de-France, Lorraine, Monte Carlo and Strasbourg, among others.
Her harmonia mundi recordings as a soloist or in tandem with the pianist Pascal Amoyel have all received the most prestigious critical accolades in France and abroad, including the Cannes Classical Award, Diapason d’Or of the Year, 10 de Répertoire-Classica, Choc de Classica, and ffff de Télérama.
Emmanuelle Bertrand is director of the Artistic Committee of the Festival de Violoncelle de Beauvais, and is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.