Recognized for her outstanding musical commitment, curiosity and precision of her game, Olivia Gay is one of the bright young generation of French cellists.
Born in 1987 in Mulhouse, she went to school in Belfort, and then in Strasbourg and Paris, where she enjoys the teachings of Marc Coppey, the Ysaÿe Quartet or Paul Meyer and Eric Le Sage, in chamber music. She then moved to Germany, where she completed her studies with Jean-Guihen Queyras in Stuttgart and Freiburg before joining the soloist Johannes Moser class in Cologne.
Winner of several international awards : the Flame competition, Glazunov, Padua or the Masterplayers International Music Competition, the international competitions of Gerardmer and Leopold Bellan. She is laureate of the Cziffra Foundation.
Olivia Gay occurs for the first time in 14 years as a soloist in the famous Concerto in C Major from Haydn and then interprets major pieces of the repertoire along with several orchestras including La Follia, Brahms chamber ensemble, the Orchestra of Padua, the Talich Orchestra Prague, the Pasdeloup Orchestra … for her, the scene is a human experience above all. Its various chamber music partners acknowledge its “considerable instrumental capabilities” coupled with a “strong presence and an attractive personality” (Gary Hoffman), underscore its “great curiosity and constant need for perfection” (Henri Demarquette), her playing “away from all clichés or standard reproduction”. (Jean-Guihen Queyras).
Refined chamber musician, Olivia gave numerous recitals in France and abroad (USA, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Holland, Greece …) accompanied by such performers as pianists Natasha Kudritskaya, Célimène Daudet, Yves Henry, Vanessa Wagner, violist Bruno Pasquier, flautist Philippe Pierlot or quartet Arpeggione … She played in Salzburg festivals, Colmar, Cully classic, the Chopin Festival in Nohant, Carnegie Hall, the Salle Cortot or at the hotel of Soubise.
Passionated by the romantic repertoire, Olivia Gay also preserves a strong tropism for the contemporary repertoire. She made her first recording as a soloist with the orchestra Pasdeloup at the Philharmonie de Paris in the concertos of P. Hersant, P. Vasks and T.Maillard played on a cello G.Grancino 1697 lent by the Maggini Foundation.
His first Horizon disk [s] released in February 2018 was greatly hailed by the press.
The year 2018 is also an opportunity for Olivia Gay, to create the “festival des Tourelles” in Franche Comté.