Swiss cellist Timothée Botbol is a Park Lane Group Young Artist, Yeomen of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and Concordia Artist. He has given solo performances in the UK, Switzerland, Germany and Italy in venues including St John’s Smith Square, Royal Albert Hall, Kings Place, St James’s Piccadilly, Chapel Royal, Lausanne Steinway Hall and Kultur-Rockt Festival. He has appeared as guest principal cellist with the Welsh National Opera orchestra, principal cellist of ensemble Collegium under direction of soloist Lawrence Power, as well as chamber musician in the 2017 Concerts in The West series, the Royal Overseas League and St Martin-in-the-Fields. In February 2017, he was awarded the Grand Prize Special from all categories at the II Augustin Aponte International Music Competition in Tenerife.
Starting his early musical education in Geneva at the Jaques Dalcroze Institute, he later progressed to the Lausanne Haute École de Musique and the Royal College of Music on the Artist Diploma program, under tutorship of professors such as Patrick Demenga, Alexander Chaushian and Richard Lester where he was supported by a Musicians’ Company Lambert Studentship, the Concordia Foundation, the AF Marescotti ville de Carouge Award and the Fondation F & M-F Minkoff. He also has participated in numerous masterclass with renowned cellists such as Gary Hoffman, Franz Helmerson, Jérôme Pernoo and Miklòs Perényi.
A keen orchestral musician, Timothée has performed with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and the European Philharmonic of Switzerland in venues including Geneva’s Victoria Hall, Lausanne’s Salle Metropole and Palais Beaulieu, Montreux’s Auditorium Stravinsky and the Opéra de Vichy, under conductors including Charles Dutoit, Markus Stenz and Christian Zacharias, and with soloists including Martha Argerich and Leonidas Kavakos. He is currently holding a trial position as sub-principal cellist with the Welsh National Opera.
In addition to cello, Timothée has performed regularly as a baritone soloist, singing at Geneva’s Victoria Hall accompanied by the Geneva Chamber Orchestra.

Repertoire

Cello & Piano

 

Bach: Sonata No.3 in G minor, BWV 1029


Beethoven: Sonata N.2, Opus 5 n.2 in G minor; Sonata N.5, Opus 69 n.3 in A major; Opus 102 n.2 in D major; 7 Variations on a theme by Mozart 'Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen' in E flat major.


Bloch: "From Jewish Life" (1924)


Brahms: Cello Sonata n.1 opus 38 in E minor; Cello Sonata n.2 opus 99 in F major


Boulanger: Three Pieces for Cello and Piano


Bridge: Cello Sonata in D minor


Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano 


Prokofiev: Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major opus 119


Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor opus 19


Schumann: Fantasiestücke opus 73; Adagio und Allegro opus 70; Stücke im Volkston opus 102


Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano opus 40 in D minor


Webern: 3 kleine Stücke opus 11; 2 pieces for Cello and Piano (1899)


 

Solo Cello

 

Bach: 6 Suites for Solo Cello BWV 1007-1012


Cassado: Suite for Cello


Dutilleux: Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher (1982)


Ligeti: Sonata for Solo Cello


Lutoslawski: Sacher Variation (1975)


Berio: Les mots sont allés... (1979)


Don Banks: Sequence: for Cello Solo (1967)


Britten: Tema Sacher (1975)


Sollima, "Alone" for solo cello


 

Concerto / Cello and Orchestra

Boccherini: Cello Concerto n.3 in G major, G. 480


Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor opus 104


Haydn: Cello Concerto n.1 in C Major Hob. VIIb/1; Cello Concerto n.2 in D Major Hob. VIIb/2


Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto in A minor opus 33


Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor opus 129


Shostakovich: Cello Concerto n.2 opus 126


 Tchaikovsky: Variation on a Rococo Theme op.33


 Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 cellos in G minor


 

Encores

Bridge: Four Pieces for Cello and Piano


Dvořák: Waldesruhe opus 68, Rondo opus 94


Fauré: “Après un rêve”; Elegie opus 24


Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee


Piatti: 12 Caprices for solo cello opus 25


Popper: Spinnlied opus 55 n.1; Hungarian Rhapsody opus 68; Tarantella in G major opus 33


Ralph Vaughan Williams: 6 Studies on English Folk songs


Saint-Saëns: The Swan


Tchaikovsky: Pezzo Capriccioso opus 62