Jean-Guihen Queyras (Montreal, 1967) has been involved with the Cello Biënnale from the beginning, and has given numerous memorable performances at the festival since. Well-known and respected for his broad repertoire, Queyras interprets cello concertos by Haydn and Vivaldi, as well as performing music by Dallapiccola, Kurtag, Ligeti, Webern, Boulez, and Gilbert Amy. He is a member of various chamber music ensembles, including the Arcanto Quartet, a piano trio with Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov, and a unique quartet with tonbak-specialists Kevan and Bijan Chemirani, and kemenche player Sokratis Sinopoulos. At the Biënnale in 2016 and 2018, he was the soloist in Nomaden by Joël Bons, who composed this piece specially for Queyras and the Atlas Ensemble. Queyras is a professor at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, and the artistic director of the festival Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence. Hij plays a cello made by Gioffredo Cappa in 1696, provided to him by the Mécénat Musical Société Générale.