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Damien Ventula, professeur de violoncelle

Damien Ventula

Noted for his temperament and sensitivity, Damien Ventula was "Adami's Classic Revelation" in 2003, named to the "Victoires de la Musique" in the Instrumental Soloist Revelation category in 2005 and "Generation Spedidam 2010".
A native of Toulouse (France), born in a family of musicians, Damien Ventula works the cello at a young age with great masters: Lluís Claret in his hometown, Bernard Greenhouse and Laurence Lesser in Boston.
Invited to numerous festivals, he has participated in the Festival Pablo Casals de Prades, Solent Music Festival, Piano Pic Festival, La Chaise-Dieu Festival, Comminges Festival, Bad Homburg Festival, The Holland Music Sessions, Bacau Festival . Damien Ventula is also a laureate of several foundations (Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, Piatigorsky, Singer-Polignac) and has performed as a soloist in France with the National Chamber Orchestra of Toulouse and abroad with the Mannheim Kammerorchester , The Philharmonie de Gotha Thüringen and the Berliner Symphoniker among others.
In chamber music, Damien Ventula was for four years a founding member of the Cuarteto Arriaga - a quartet that performed especially at the Wigmore Hall in London, in the Royal Palace of Madrid, at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, at Musika Musica, Quincena Musical San Sebastian, and the Lockenhaus Festival. He plays regularly with pianist Sam Haywood, and has appeared alongside other renowned artists such as Christian Zacharias, Raphael Oleg, Olivier Charlier, Denis Pascal, Thérèse Dussaut, Hartmut Rohde, Barbara Hendricks, Vladimir Mendelssohn, the Talich Quartet, Jean Mouillère, Michel Lethiec, and Wolfgang Güttler.
A sincere and passionate interpreter, Damien Ventula loves to share the enthusiasm and emotions he experiences with his cello with other musicians, the audience and his students. He teaches at the Conservatoire de Versailles and is regularly invited to masterclasses in the USA, Japan, Canada, Indonesia and Germany, where he has since 2013 a class at the prestigious Hochschule Hanns Eisler in Berlin.
He has recorded several discs, alone or in chamber music, including "Arc en cello" (edited by "The Transfigured Night", distributed by Intégrales), a record devoted to contemporary Toulouse composers, and a record released in April 2016 Dedicated to the integral of the music for piano and violoncello by Gabriel Fauré with Nicolas Bringuier ("Klarthe" edited by Harmonia Mundi).