Cellist Blaise Déjardin to Join New England Conservatory String Faculty

February 8, 2022, 12:28 PM · The Boston-based New England Conservatory (NEC) announced today that cellist Blaise Déjardin will join its string faculty, beginning in fall 2022.

Blaise Déjardin
Cellist Blaise Déjardin. Photo by Marco Borggreve, courtesy BSO.

Principal cellist of the Boston Symphony since 2018 and member of that orchestra's cello section since 2008, Déjardin also is an alumnus of NEC, having earned his Master of
Music and Graduate Diploma there, studying with cellist Laurence Lesser. He has returned regularly to NEC as a guest artist and master class instructor.

"There is always a special pleasure in welcoming an alumnus back 'home' to join the faculty, and I can scarcely think of a nicer homecoming than this one," said Benjamin Sosland, Provost and Dean of the Faculty. "Blaise is a musician of consummate skill and exceptional
artistry, and an exemplar and beneficiary of the legendary cello teaching that is a hallmark of NEC. Now it’s his turn to pass on his knowledge to a new generation of cellists."

Born in Strasbourg, France, Déjardin also holds a first prize in Cello with highest honors from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris, and his other teachers were Philippe Muller and Bernard Greenhouse.

Déjardin has performed as soloist with orchestras around the world, and he is also a dedicated chamber musician, having spent two summers at Ravinia’s Steans Institute and serving as a member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players since 2018. He was also a founding member of A Far Cry and the Boston Cello Quartet.He has arranged numerous pieces for cello ensembles, earning five ASCAP Plus Awards and receiving commissions from Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and A Far Cry. In 2013 he launched Opus Cello, his online sheet music publishing company. He has served as artistic director of the Boston Cello Society since its creation in 2015. In 2019 Déjardin released the album Mozart New Cello Duos with cellist Kee-Hyun Kim, featuring his own transcriptions.

"I am thrilled to be joining the wonderful NEC faculty in Fall 2022," Déjardin said. "It feels very special to return to my alma mater and to be able to give back to an institution which has given me so much as a young artist. I look forward to working with the students, teachers, and staff to make our world a little more beautiful every day through music.”

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