Biography

aurelienne brauner

Raised in Bordeaux, Aurélienne Brauner began studying cello with Paul Rousseau, and then at the Bordeaux Conservatory under Etienne Péclard. Admitted by unanimous jury vote to the class of Philippe Muller at the Paris Conservatory (CNSM) in 1999, she won Cello and Chamber music Prizes with highest honors and the Feydeau de Brou Saint Paul Award as a top instrumentalist. She received a French government scholarship to study for two years with Russian cellist Karine Georgian at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and the University of Manchester (U.K.). She complemented her studies by taking lessons with Mstislav Rostropovitch, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Natalia Shakovskaya in Moscow, and many others. She returned to CNSM for a post-graduate studies program with Philippe Muller.

International competition successes include the interpretation prize in Warsaw (2001), one of the three British orchestral string scholarships from the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe in London (2004), and a special jury prize in Markneukirchen, Germany (2005). Aurélienne performed in New York and Kyoto, Santander, Verbier, Berlin, La Roque d’Anthéron, Ravinia, Lucerne under Pierre Boulez. In 2007, she was acclaimed “Classical revelation of the year” by Adami. She was Gaëlle Le Gallic’s guest on France Musique public radio and named “Discovery of the Month” by Classica-Répertoire musical magazine. Her “Young soloist CD” supported by the Meyer Foundation and devoted to the 20th century sonata for solo cello (Ligeti, Kodály, Crumb, Dutilleux) illustrates her interest in a contemporary repertoire. 

mstislav rostropovitchA student with Jens Peter Maintz at the University of Arts of Berlin from 2007 to 2010, she performed several concerts in Germany (Berlin, Weimar …). In France she played with famous performers like Patrice Fontanarosa, David Grimal, Paul Katz, Jean-Guihen Queyras.  In 2009 she was distinguished by the French Academy of Fine Arts and the Del Duca Foundation for the beginning of her musical career.  Also she received prestigious awards from the Foundation of Vocation under the auspices of the President of the French Republic, from the Oulmont Foundation (Foundation of France). She obtained a grant from the Banque Populaire Foundation. She was selected by the International Holland Music Session for the New Masters 2010-2011 concert tour. Aurélienne was invited, as a soloist, by the Lille National Orchestra for a premiere concert performance of “John Rabe” by Laurent Petigirard. She also played the Hayd D-dur concerto, as a soloist, with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2012 she has performed in several festivals and venues in France and Europe, especially in Sweden, at the Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice, with the pianist Lorène de Ratuld (the Duo Luperca). She has regularly played with the chamber orchestra “Les Dissonances” directed by David Grimal, including recordings. She also joined the famous ‘’Violoncelles Français’’ (Raphaël and Roland Pidoux, Eric-Maria Couturier, François Salque, Xavier Phillips, Emmanuel Gaugué). French composer Edith Lejet dedicated a special piece for Solo Cello to Aurélienne.

Among her recent public performances, she has played with the Phoebus String trio at several venues in Norway, where she also toured with the MiNensemblet. In France, summer festival performances included Sinfonia en Périgord, Musique en Vallée du Tarn, Concerts de Vollore, Musiciennes à Ouessant, Val d’Aulnay.  She also played in Algeria, as part as the performance “Music saved my life” in tribute to French World War I soldiers.

Aurélienne is currently the cello soloist of the Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Orchestra (ONBA). She plays an 1859 Nicolas-François Vuillaume cello.