Noémie Raymond-Friset began playing the violin at age 4, and switched to the cello at 7. She has a master’s degree from the Université de Montréal, and is currently enrolled in the graduate diploma program of the New England Conservatory (NEC). The NEC recently selected her to attend the Amsterdam Cello Biennale Festival, where she entered the Lutoslawski International Competition. Her critically-acclaimed performances include a Yo-Yo Ma master class to an audience of 800, the Saint-Saëns concerto for cello and orchestra, and the first movement of Dvorak’s concerto with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Vivaldi’s concerto for four violins and cello with Maestro Pinchas Zukerman playing first violin.
At the 2014 Prix d’Europe Competition, Noémie was awarded the Prix Guy Soucie (Best Performance of a Canadian Work). She is also well-known for her chamber performances, and her trio (Ouater) won the national final at the Canadian Music Competition. She is currently based in Boston, Massachusetts.
1769 Joannes Guillami cello
This powerful cello, known as “El Tiburón” (the shark), was made in the year of Joannes Guillami’s death, and may be a collaborative work between him and his son (Joannes II), his only pupil. Guillami’s shop in Barcelona, Spain, produced a number of oversized cellos (sometimes called church bass). This particular cello has been reduced from a larger size to fit more modern needs, but retains the deep haunting voice of a larger bass-like instrument with dark overtones that can be felt by both the player and audience alike.
- Donated by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
- Acquired: 1999
- Value: $350,000