Interview - Marc Coppey

Interview - Marc Coppey

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The masterclass

"After entering the Conservatory at the age of 15, he won the Bach Competition in Leibzig, at the age of 18, where he played Suites and Sonatas by Bach, Beethoven Sonatas, the Shumann Concerto, and contemporary music. Later, he left for the United States to continue his studies there, surrounded by great teachers. In this sense, the interviewer asks him about the impression that there is an insane demand on the students, by these teachers, to which Coppey responds that “This is a requirement that applies to themselves first and foremost”, as well as the repertoire is very demanding.
Coppey also tells about his experience playing in string quartets -which changed his relationship with music a lot- and in orchestras, highlighting their importance, among other things, since they allowed him to play more repertoire of composers such as Beethoven and Mozart .
Regarding the participation of young cellists and, sometimes without so much experience, Coppey affirms that “there are times when it is better to be in your school with your teacher. And then, there is a moment when, precisely, we are nourished by encounters that are perhaps more ephemeral and yet extremely important”.
At the end, Coppey shares a beautiful phrase about pedagogy and young musicians: “Pedagogy is also about giving, helping and assisting young musicians to give themselves the legitimacy to approach works and to say that they have something to say about these works and something to understand ”."

  • Instruments: Cello
  • Date:22 October 2021
Marc Coppey

Marc Coppey

Pedagogy is also about giving, helping and assisting young musicians to give themselves the legitimacy to approach works and to say that they have something to say about these works and something to understand

Marc Coppey

Marc Coppey

Marc Coppey

In 1988 won the two highest prizes of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition: the first prize and the special prize for best Bach performance.

Marc Coppey is a critically acclaimed musician and is considered to be one of today’s leading cellists worldwide. Originally from Strasbourg, France, Coppey began his musical training at the Strasbourg Conservatory before attending the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and the University of Indiana Bloomington. In 1988 at only 18-years-old, Coppey won first prize and special prize for best Bach performance at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany. Since then, Marc Coppey has regularly performed as a soloist with leading orchestras in collaboration with numerous distinguished conductors. Such conductors include but are not limited to: Eliahu Inbal, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Emmanuel Krivine, Alan Gilbert, and many more. He appears regularly in some of the most prestigious concert halls across Europe, North and South America, and Asia. In addition to his solo concert career, Marc Coppey is a professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and leads masterclasses all over the world. What’s more, Marc Coppey lends his expertise in the arts and is the Artistic Director of the Musicales de Colmar chamber music festival as well as the Musical Director of the Zagrebacki solisti (Zagreb Soloists). In 2014, he was named the Officer des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.

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