Nadège Rochat


“Refined like chamber music, with such subtle nuances of dynamics and tempo, so miles away from the usual broadband sound, as much from the soloist as from the orchestral side, we must say that we have rarely – let’s be courageous: never! – heard Elgar’s concerto like that.”
Das Orchester, 11/2017

Through an exquisite nuance fresh to the classical music scene, Nadège Rochat enlivens stages worldwide, including Vienna’s Musikverein, Carnegie Hall in New York, KKL Luzern and Mariinsky Theater II St. Petersburg. As a soloist and in recitals, Nadège is equally adept at performing great pieces of the standard cello repertoire as she is at rediscovering forgotten composers and music from around the world. Rochat is a performer and recording artist, with several first prizes and three very different CDs. Her first recording (2012) featured the cello concertos of Edouard Lalo and Darius Milhaud, recorded with the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen under Ola Rudner. In January 2015, together with Spanish guitarist Rafael Aguirre, she released “La Vida Breve,” comprised of her own arrangements of Spanish and South American pieces for cello and guitar. Her last CD, “Cello Abbey” with the Staatskapelle Weimar and conductor Paul Meyer features Elgar’s and Walton’s cello concertos, as well as shedding a light on the Irish composer Ina Boyle (1889-1967), largely unperformed during her lifetime: “It’s fallen to a Franco-Swiss cellist, a French conductor and a German orchestra on a partly crowd-funded CD on a German label to bring the world a first recording of Enniskerry composer Ina Boyle’s 1913 Elegy. “ Irish Times 2/2017.

2017, she recorded the “Psalm” by Ina Boyle as a soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Ronald Corp for a CD entirely dedicated to the composer which will be released in 2018.

Nadège Rochat is a Franco-Swiss cellist born in Geneva in 1991. She began learning cello at the age of 4 with her aunt Fabienne Diambrini, and later joined the Conservatoire of Geneva as a pupil of Daniel Haefliger. Moving to Cologne at the age of 15, she studied at the Musikhochschule under professor Maria Kliegel. In 2015, Nadège graduated from the Masters programme at the Royal Academy of Music under professor Robert Cohen.
Solo engagements with orchestras range from venues such as the Konzerthaus Dortmund to the Victoria Hall Geneva. Rochat has been featured with the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Dortmund Philharmonic, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, and the NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk Orchestra), among others. These solo appearances complement recitals in the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Beethoven Haus Bonn, or the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Her duo project with guitar “La Vida Breve” took her to Carnegie Hall in New York, the Gasteig Munich, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus.

Nadège’s awards in national and international competitions include first prizes in Swiss and German national competitions for youth (2006, 2007, and 2009), the SUISA foundation Prize for the interpretation of contemporary music (2003 and 2006), and the Klassik Preis of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) for the interpretation of Beethoven 3rd Sonata for Cello and Piano (2009). More recently, Nadège has claimed second prize in the “Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI” international competition (2013), the First Prize, Jury Prize, and Public Prize in the ProCello competition of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (2013), and the May Muckle Prize for Cello at the Royal Academy of Music in London (2015).
Always seeking a deeper understanding of her instrument and music in general, she has participated in numerous masterclasses by musical personalities such as Anner Bijlsma, Christoph Richter, Heinrich Schiff, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Itamar Golan, and Colin Carr.
Nadège Rochat is professor Maria Kliegel’s assistant at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln where she teaches her own cello class since 2016, and gives lectures at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

She plays the “Ex-Vatican” Stradivarius cello from 1703, on loan by a foundation.