Today one of Switzerland’s most outstanding string soloists, François Guye, born in 1953, started his cello studies at the age of five at the Geneva Conservatory of Music. His brilliant first prize obtained at the final virtuoso examination for his concert diploma at the same institution in 1972 attracted the attention of the musical world. François Guye went to Germany where he studied with André Navarra for three more years. During this period he obtained various international distinctions: first prize at the Vienna Competition, second prize at the Prague Competition and first prize at the International Competition in Geneva. This was the first time that a Swiss soloist was awarded this distinction. François Guye has furthermore studied with Pierre Fournier and plays presently on the instrument used by this famous master.
The beginning of François Guye’s international career coincided with his nomination as first principal solo cellist of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in 1980. He participates in various chamber music ensembles and performs in particular with the French violinist Raphaël Oleg and the American pianist David Lively with whom he also issued his first record, very enthusiastically received by the specialized press in Europe and in the United States.
His appearances as soloists with well known orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, etc. under conductors such as Barchai, matacic, Stein, Jordan, have been widely acclaimed.
The repertoire of François Guye, who is also professor at the Geneva Conservatory of Music, ranges from the classical literature to the contemporary works written for his instrument.