Lionel Cottet


Comes from Geneva, Switzerland
Lives in Munich, Germany
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Born in Geneva in 1987, internationally acclaimed cellist Lionel Cottet performs as soloist, chamber musician and solo cellist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in the most prestigious concert halls: London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, Zurich Tonhalle among others.

He has played as a soloist with a number of orchestras, including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Pletnev, the Polish Radio Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. His passion for chamber music has led him to the world’s most famous festivals, such as Marlboro, Verbier, Bergen, Gstaad, where he performed with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Nobuko Imai, Pierre Amoyal or with his Duo partner pianist Louis Schwizgebel. He has also been invited to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic and with the 12 cellists of this legendary orchestra.

Winner of the Swiss Ambassador's Award, Lionel Cottet has received numerous prizes at international competitions including Lutoslawski Competition in Warsaw, Brahms Competition in Austria and Astral Artist Auditions in Philadelphia. He is also a Soloist of the swiss Migros Kulturprozent Classics and was finalist at the Eurovision competition.

He studied in the prestigious Artist Diploma program of the Juilliard School in New York, at the Salzburg Mozarteum, at the Zurich Hochschule and at the Geneva Conservatoire with Joel Krosnick, Clemens Hagen, Thomas Grossenbacher and François Guye.

Lionel is deeply committed to communicating with the young generation in various outreach programs in Mexico, Colombia, USA and in Switzerland. He plays an 1852 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume cello.


Juilliard School, United States of America

Mozarteum of Salzburg, Austria

Hochschule of Zürich, Switzerland

Conservatoire Supérieur of Geneva, Switzerland


Winner, Swiss Ambassador's Award

Second Prize, Lutoslawski International Cello Competition

Warsaw, Poland,

Second Prize, Brahms Competition

Poertschach, Austria,

First Prize, International Dotzauer Competition for Young Cellists

Dresden, Germany,

First Prize, Swiss Music Competition for Youth

Basel, Switzerland,

Worked With


Pierre Amoyal



Itzhak Perlman



Mitsuko Uchida



Clemens Hagen



Nobuko Imai



Mikhaïl Pletnev

Conductor, Piano

Performed At

Verbier Festival, Switzerland

Marlboro Music Festival, United States of America

Perlman Music Program, United States of America

Bergen International Festival, Norway

Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Switzerland

Chopin Festival, Poland

Olympus Festival, Russia


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