Born in Strasbourg, France, cellist Blaise Déjardin joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2008.
Déjardin made his debut with orchestra at age fourteen, performing Haydn's C Major Concerto at the Corum of Montpellier, France. A prizewinner at numerous international competitions, including a First Prize at the Maurice Gendron International Cello Competition (2005), he has performed as soloist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, the French Camerata, and many others. A dedicated chamber musician, he spent two summers at Ravinia's Steans Institute for Young Artists prior to joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2008. That same year, he gave the US premiere of Les formes du vent for cello solo by French composer Edith Canat de Chizy.
He was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester, as well as a founding member of A Far Cry. In 2010, he founded the acclaimed Boston Cello Quartet with three of his colleagues from the BSO cello section. As an arranger, he writes numerous pieces for cello ensembles, which led to three consecutive ASCAP Plus Awards. His piece for twelve cellos Aquarela do Violoncelo was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and premiered at the Gala of Opening Night at BSO in 2012. In 2013 he launched Opus Cello, his online sheet music publishing company, and was featured in Film Night at Tanglewood playing the harmonica with the Boston Pops in Mancini's music for Breakfast at Tiffany's.
First Prize of Cello with highest honors, Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique of Paris; M.M. and G.D., NEC. Studies with Philippe Muller, Laurence Lesser, Bernard Greenhouse. Also faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center.
Photo by Michael J. Lutch/courtesy BSO
- Founding member, Boston Cello Quartet, 2010
- Founding member, A Far Cry chamber orchestra, 2007
Photo by Marco Borggreve, courtesy BSO