Thomas Chartré began studying cello at the age of 3. Since then he has been recognized as a two-time recipient of a Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award (2013, 2014) and has won several scholarships, including from the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Aspen Music Festival and School and the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he earned his Master’s in performance.
Thomas has performed in concert as a soloist including at the Kronberg Academy’s cello festival (Germany) and at Stanford University with its ensemble-in-residence, the St. Lawrence String Quartet (Summer 2013).
Born in Montréal, Thomas is currently based in Paris where he is studying at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris.
1841 Charles François Gand “Gand Père” cello
This cello was made by Charles Francois Gand – known as “Gand Pere,” he was apprenticed to Nicolas Lupot of Paris. Lupot, being the most skilled French maker of his time, was often referred to as “The French Stradivari.” Gand succeeded his master in 1824 and subsequently married Lupot’s daughter.
Charles Francois Gand was obsessed with the principles of acoustics and constantly experimented with materials and design.
This cello is the fruit of such experimentation in as much that the table is constructed of three pieces of spruce, rather than the customary two pieces. The centre piece of this cello was preshaped before the outer two pieces were joined, thus giving the cello an extremely strong and clear voice with the warmth and maturity of an older instrument.