Solène Kermarrec: a portrait

Solène Kermarrec actually wanted to learn the double bass. But at the music school in her home town of Brest, the five-year-old was advised to start with the smaller cello – changing was then never an option for her. After studying in Paris, Budapest and Berlin, the cellist found her first position in an orchestra with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the age of 23 – and at the same time a home, as she says. In this film portrait, Solène Kermarrec also reveals why she prefers to play in a group rather than alone, how different cellists’s ideas of sound can be, and what her second great passion is besides music.

A film by Torben Jacobsen (2021)

Solène Kermarrec



Solène Kermarrec cello

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