Camille Thomas

Cello
(Belgium)
Camille Thomas, Cello (Belgium)

Camille Thomas is a dynamic and captivating artist known for her vibrant personality and profound musicality. She believes in the unifying and inspiring power of music, saying, "I strongly believe that music has the power to expand the heart, intensify our feelings, and give hope for the beauty and greatness of the human soul."

Born in 1988 in Paris, Camille began playing the cello at age four. She studied with esteemed teachers Marcel Bardon, Stephan Forck, Frans Helmerson, and Wolfgang-Emanuel Schmidt, quickly establishing herself in the classical music world. Camille has performed with renowned conductors and orchestras globally and plays the famous 'Feuermann' Stradivarius from 1730, on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

Since signing with Deutsche Grammophon in 2017, Camille has risen to prominence as one of the most exciting young musicians in the classical scene. In March 2023, she released "The Chopin Project," a trilogy of albums dedicated to Chopin's favorite instrument, the cello. This project includes "The Franchomme Legacy," exploring Chopin's relationship with cellist Auguste Franchomme, "Complete Chamber Music," featuring all of Chopin's chamber works, and "Cello Arrangements," presenting famous Chopin pieces arranged for cello.

Camille Thomas performs regularly with distinguished ensembles and at prestigious venues. She has performed or is set to perform at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Duszniki, Biarritz, the Kronberg Festival, and with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC under Gustavo Gimeno. As a residency artist with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, she will collaborate with Sergey Smbatyan for four concerts. Additionally, she has engagements with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Aachen, Stuttgart Philharmoniker, Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra, RSO Vienna, NHK Symphony, and Nagoya Philharmonic.

Camille's first crossover album, "Aznavouriana," will be released in 2024. This album is a tribute to the legendary Charles Aznavour on his 100th birthday, featuring the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and Sergey Smbatyan. A portion of the album's proceeds will benefit Nagorno-Karabakh refugees through the Aznavour Foundation. "Aznavouriana" is a heartfelt homage to Aznavour’s enduring influence on French pop music.