Guy Fallot

Born in France in 1927, Guy Fallot first studied the cello with Paul Burger, having entered the Conservatoire of Music in Lausanne at the age of 9. When he was 14, he obtained the diploma of virtuosity. A year later, with his sister Monique, he received a First Prize in the Sonata competition in Geneva. He then entered the Paris Conservatoire and studied under Paul Bazelaire. Only eight months later he left with another First Prize. To crown it all, he was awarded the First Piatigorsky Grand Prize at the age of 18.

This was the start of a virtuoso's career which soon led him all over the world. His concert tours have taken him regularly to France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, North Africa, Central Africa, Turkey, the Near East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, and the United States.

Guy Fallot has devoted many years principally to teaching in the higher classes of the Lausanne and the Geneva Conservatoires. His pupils, from Switzerland as well as from other European countries and from America and Japan, come to perfect their playing under his guidance. A good number of them are already following careers as soloists or have become members of famous orchestras, such as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Lugano Chamber Orchestra, or the Berlin Philharmonic.

Guy Fallot also serves on juries at international competitions. Since 1983, Guy Fallot continued his career mainly in chamber music recitals with Rita Possa. After a recent recital in Paris the critics unanimously agreed to proclaim that Guy Fallot belongs to the tradition of the great cellists.

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