Bruno Delepelaire,

1st Principal Cello

Born in Paris

Member since 2015-01-07


2nd prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition (as a member of Quatuor Cavatine, 2013), 1st prize at the Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition (2013), 1st prize at the “Karl Davidoff International Cello Competition”.

“I remember very well my first concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker. At that time, I was a student at the Orchestra Academy and we played Beethoven’s Third Symphony under Bernard Haitink. The energy emanating from the orchestra was incredible. I immediately felt swept away by this energy. It was a dream! I am very grateful for my time in the Orchestra Academy. I learned right from the start to adapt to the special sound of the Philharmoniker.”

Bruno Delepelaire owes the fact that he became a cellist to his grandmother, an enthusiastic amateur cellist. As a five-year-old, he also wanted to learn the instrument. The cello lessons with his first cello teacher Erwan Fauré were formative experiences for him. Bruno Delepelaire later studied at the Paris Conservatoire under Philippe Muller. In 2012 he went to Berlin to continue his training under Jens Peter Maintz at the University of the Arts and under Ludwig Quandt at the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He also attended master classes with Wolfgang-Emanuel Schmidt, François Salque, Wen-Sinn Yang and Wolfgang Boettcher.

Bruno Delepelaire gained orchestral experience with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, and as a student of the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. As a soloist, he has performed with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester and the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen. The cellist has won several awards, including the first prize at the “Karl Davidoff International Cello Competition” (2012) and the Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition (2013). Bruno Delepelaire has been principal cellist with the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2013. Reading and birdwatching are among the musician’s favourite pastimes. Bruno Delepelaire plays a cello made by Matteo Goffriller, on loan from the Karolina Blaberg Foundation.

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