Enthusiasm for the unknown and constant research distinguishes Wen-Sinn Yang as one of the most versatile cellists of the present day. His performances not only revive the music of nineteenth-century cello virtuosos such as Adrien François Servais and Karl Yulievich Davydov, but also introduce his audiences to such modern composers as Aribert Reimann and Isang Yun.
Alongside his activities as an internationally renowned soloist under conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Shiao-Chia Lü, Grzegorz Nowak, Daniel Klajner, Yukata Sado and Michael Hofstetter and with such orchestras as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra the Shanghai Symphony, the NHK Tokyo, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Russian State Orchestra of Moscow, Wen-Sinn Yang is also a highly sought-after chamber music partner. His mastery and technical skill is not only strongly expressive but also particularly sensitive, which continues to open up ever-new listening perspectives.
Wen-Sinn Yang's wide-ranging repertoire is documented on more than 30 CDs. These include not only the principal works for violoncello by Boccherini, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Saint-Saens, Lalo, Tchaikovsky and Dvořák, but also compositions by Henri Vieuxtemps, Frank Martin, Leonid Sabaneev and Sofia Gubaidulina. Many of these are distinguished as premiere recordings.
Yang, in cooperation with Bavarian Television, recorded the six solo suites of J.S. Bach in 2005. This DVD, released by Arthaus, was praised by critics for its profound awareness of historically informed interpretation performed on modern instruments.
Yang has been Professor of Violoncello at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Munich since 2004 and also regularly conducts international master courses.
Jérôme Pernoo is professor of cello at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and at the Musica Mundi School (Belgium). He is regularly invited to give courses at the Kronberg Academy, the ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy) and masterclasses in many institutions around the world. He is a frequent jury member of international competitions (Isang Yun Competition, Enesco Competition, Feuermann Competition...)
He is the creator and director of the Paris Chamber Music Center and of the festival “Les Vacances de Monsieur Haydn“ in La Roche-Posay (France).
Born in Nantes (France), Jérôme Pernoo studied with Germaine Fleury, Xavier Gagnepain and Philippe Muller at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris. In 1994, he was a laureate at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow as well as at the Rostropovich Competition in Paris and, in 1996, he won the Pretoria International Competition.
Jérôme Pernoo has performed with most of the major French symphony orchestras as well as with the Deutsches-Symfonie Orchester Berlin, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Brussels Philharmonic, the Bavarian State Orchestra in Munich, the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm, the National Orchestra of Spain in Madrid.
He appears in recital with the pianist Jérôme Ducros on some of the world’s most renowned stages: the Wigmore Hall in London, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Cité de la Musique in Paris. His others partners in chamber music are: Alina Ibragimova, Renaud Capuçon, Gérard Caussé, Antoine Tamestit, Luvas Debargue, Henri Demarquette, Christophe Coin, Frank Braley, Nicholas Angelich, Bertrand Chamayou, Emmanuel Pahud, Paul Meyer, and Ebène, Modigliani, Chiaroscuro quartets…
Dedicatee of works by composers such as Guillaume Connesson, Jérôme Ducros or Jérémie Rhorer, Lucas Debargue, Fabien Waksman, Stéphane Delplace… Jérôme created Cello concerto by Guillaume Connesson in 2008 and Cello concerto by Jérémie Rhorer.
Jérôme Pernoo’s recordings are published by Decca, Sony or Deutsche Grammophon.
He plays a baroque cello by Testore and an original Milanese 18 th century piccolo cello. He also plays a modern cello made for him by Franck Ravatin.