Stéphane Tétreault

ESO Artistic Partner


Photo by: Luc Robitaille

In addition to innumerous awards and honours, Stéphane Tétreault is the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Virginia Parker Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts and is a nominee for the Oscar Morawetz Award for Excellence in Music Performance from the Ontario Arts Council. In 2018, he received the Maureen Forrester Next Generation Award in recognition of his sensitivities with music, his enviable technique, and his considerable communication skills.

Stéphane is the laureate of the "Classe d’Excellence de violoncelle Gautier Capuçon" from the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Career Development Award from the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto, the $50,000 Fernand-Lindsay Career Award as well as the Choquette-Symcox Award.

Chosen as the first ever Soloist-in-Residence of the Orchestre Métropolitain, he performed alongside Yannick Nézet-Séguin during the 2015 season. In 2016, Stéphane made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Nézet-Séguin and performed at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival. In 2018, he took part in the Orchestre Métropolitain’s first European tour with Maestro Nézet-Séguin performing the Elgar Cello Concerto at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Kölner Philharmonie in Cologne and the Philharmonie de Paris and he made his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor John Storgårds.

Stéphane has performed with violinist / conductor Maxim Vengerov and pianists Alexandre Tharaud, Jan Lisiecki, Louis Lortie, Roger Vignoles, Marc-André Hamelin, John Lenehan, and has worked with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Paul McCreesh, Rune Bergmann, Kensho Watanabe, and Tung-Chieh Chuang amongst many other. He has participated in a number of master classes, notably with cellists Gautier Capuçon and Frans Helmerson. His debut CD, recorded with the Québec Symphony Orchestra and conductor Fabien Gabel, was chosen as "Editor's Choice" in the March 2013 issue of Gramophone magazine. His second, with pianist Marie-Ève Scarfone featuring works from Haydn, Schubert, and Brahms was chosen as Gramophone magazine's "Critics' Choice 2016". In 2017, Stéphane partnered with harpist Valérie Milot and violinist Antoine Bareil for a third album dedicated to Trios for Violin, Cello and Harp and was equally well received by the music critics.

Stéphane has garnered great praise from the world's leading music critics: "Tétreault’s disc charmed me from the off; this is just pure, lyrical, unadulterated playing of the highest order, with a maturity that belies his 22 years... I can’t wait to hear more from him." (Charlotte Gardner, Gramophone) "His vibrato and tone are varied, his bowing techniques immaculate and his awareness of harmony and consequent shading omnipresent." (Joanne Talbot, The Strad) "The solo playing is astonishingly mature not merely in its technical attributes but also in its warmth, brilliance and subtlety of colour and inflection." (Geoffrey Norris, Gramophone)

Stéphane was a student of the late cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky for more than 10 years. He holds a Master's Degree in Music Performance from the University of Montréal.

Stéphane plays the 1707 "Countess of Stainlein, Ex-Paganini" Stradivarius cello, on generous loan by Mrs. Sophie Desmarais.