François Guye



After receiving first prize in virtuosity at the Geneva Conservatory, François Guye perfected his skills with André Navarra for three years in Detmold (Germany). He has won numerous awards, including first prize at the Vienna Competition and first prize at the Geneva Competition. He met Pierre Fournier in 1978 and attended his master classes before studying alongside him. A true friendship was born with this great master; today he plays his cello, a Miremont from 1879.


François Guye shows a great love for chamber music. He has often played with the Sine Nomine Quartet and the Melos Quartet, and for many years he collaborated with violinist Raphaël Oleg and pianist Gérard Wyss in the WOG trio. Additionally, he is a founding member of the Schumann Quartet, a group that is emerging as one of the best of the moment.


In addition to these numerous chamber ensembles, he has played with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, under the direction of conductors such as Armin Jordan, Horst Stein, Lovro von Matacic and Rudolf Barchai. Both the press and the public have praised his performances of Bach’s cello suites and Henri Dutilleux’s concerto for cello and orchestra Tout un monde lointain.


François Guye gives many summer courses and masterclasses. He is solo cello of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and cello teacher at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève.



Premier prix Concours de Vienne - Vienna / Austria

1979  |  Premier prix Concours International d’Exécution Musicale de Genève. - Geneva / Switzerland

Second prix Concours de Prague - Prague / Czech Republic



 -   |  Wiener Symphoniker Soliste - Vienna / Austria

 -   |  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra Soliste - Frankfurt / Germany

 -   |  Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne Soliste - Lausanne / Switzerland

 -   |  Orchestre National Bordeaux-Aquitaine Soliste - Bordeaux / France

 -   |  Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Violoncelle solo 1979 - 2017 - Geneva / Switzerland

Chamber Music

 -   |  Trio WOG

 -   |  Quatuor Melos - Stuttgart / Germany

 -   |  Quatuor Sine Nomine - Lausanne / Switzerland

 -   |  Quatuor Terpsycordes - Geneva / Switzerland

 -   |  Tokyo String Quartet

 -   |  Quatuor Schumann Founding member


 -   |  Cello - professeur : teacher :  André Navarra
Hochschule für Musik - Detmold / Allemagne


Sion academieSion academy

2009  |  Cello - François Guye

Autres coursOther teaching class

 -  2017 Haute école de musique de Genève-Neuchâtel - Genève / Suisse

 -   |  Masterclass Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland - Rolle / Suisse


Participation au Sion festivalSion academy


Autres festivalOther festivals

2018  |  Festival des Haudères - Haudères - Switzerland

Festival des Arcs - Bourg-Saint-Maurice - France

2017  |  Gaia Festival - Geneva - Switzerland

2018  |  Concerts J.S. Bach de Lutry - Lutry - Switzerland

2016  |  Festival Musique & Neige - Les Diablerets - Switzerland

Festival Sine Nomine - Lausanne - Switzerland

Albums de l'artisteArtist album

Brahms, String Sextets. Quatuor Sine Nomine, Guye, Pache
Claves Records
Brahms: Sextets

Schumann: Piano Concerto, Op. 54 & Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op. 102
Doron Music
Schumann & Brahms

Galerie de photosPictures gallery