Florian Pons, cello

Born in 1994 in Toulouse, Florian Pons began playing the cello at the age of six. He studied at the CRR of Toulouse with Philippe Muller, then at the CRR of Paris with Raphaël Pidoux.

He is currently studying at the Conservatoire of Paris in the class of Marc Coppey. Florian has had the opportunity to work with great teachers such as Frans Helmerson, David Geringas, Gary Hoffman, Boris Andrianov, Seiji Ozawa as well as Nobuko Imai, Peter Bruns and Alexander Rudin in various master classes and academies. He has participated in the National Youth Orchestra of France and the Ozawa International Academy. He has won first prize in the Louis Rosoor, Vatelot, Bellan, Epernay and Tremplin competitions, and was a finalist in 2018 in the Lutoslawski, Schoenfeld, Enesco and Isang Yun competitions.

In May 2019 he won second prize and five special prizes at the Klaipeda International Competition in Lithuania. He performed the 1st movement of Shostakovich’s concerto with orchestra at the opening concert of the Beijing Biennale “SuperCello.” He is part of the 2018–2019 session of the Cello Class of Excellence at the Foundation with Gautier Capuçon. In the summer of 2019 he participated in the Verbier Festival Academy.

In September 2019 he entered the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel as artist in residence under the direction of Gary Hoffman.