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Yves Savary received his first cello lessons from Michael Jappe in his native city of Basel. There he later completed his studies in the class of Heinrich Schiff and graduated in 1984 with the Soloist diploma. Further studies followed in Vienna with André Navarra, in Italy with Franco Rossi and in the USA with Zara Nelsova and Paul Tortelier.

Since the age of 22, Yves Savary has been the first solo cellist at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, then still under Wolfgang Sawallisch, later Zubin Mehta and Kent Nagano, today with Kirill Petrenko.

The soloist and chamber musician has repeatedly performed at the Musikverein Wien, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Berlin Philharmonic, Zurich, Hamburg, London, Madrid, St. Petersburg, as well as in North and South America, Japan and Korea, as well as numerous festivals such as Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Schubertiade New York, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Salzburg Festival, Affinis Festival Hiroshima, etc ..

In Parma, Italy, Yves Savary is regularly invited to hold a masterclass for cello and chamber music.

A collaboration with the composer Witold Lutoslawsky was the beginning of intensive engagement with contemporary music, which numerous premieres with works u.a. by Mauricio Sotelo, Arnaldo de Felice and Jörg Widmann. In March 2014 he premiered the Cello Concerto by Arnaldo de Felice in Madrid together with the Orquestra Nacional de Espana and the conductor Kent Nagano.

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