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Andreas Brantelid

Tuesday, 03 December 2013

The cellist reflects on hearing Maurice Gendron's playing when he was young

Maurice Gendron's sound really got into my head and inside my ear

My hero is the French cellist and teacher Maurice Gendron. Although I didn’t get the chance to meet him – he died in 1990 aged 69 – I consider him to be one of the most influential people of my career.

I first heard him at the age of six. My father bought me a set of his recordings, and I listened to them for hours every day. His sound really got into my head and inside my ear. It’s incredibly charming and elegant, and at the same time vulnerable. His style is unique and it’s clear in everything he played. Once you’ve heard him, you can easily recognise him again.

Gendron had a controlled and defined bowing technique. In many ways he played like a violinist, with a great awareness of where he was in the bow. It meant he had such a great array of colours and nuances available to him. When I listen to his recordings or watch videos of him, I still can’t understand how he did it. His playing was just so advanced.

Photo: Sussie Ahlburg

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