Jazz composer, cello
Vincent Courtois is one of the most important improvising cellists in the world. Since 1995, when he made his debut as a solo artist, Mr. Courtois has made over 30 albums as a leader or featured soloist and recorded on many more albums as a sideman. Mr. Courtois’ classical training has endowed this cello virtuoso with precision, instrumental control and impeccable technique. His playing embraces freedom, precision and attention to the smallest details.
Vincent Courtois was born in Paris in 1968 and began playing the cello when he was six years old. He undertook classical studies at the conservatory in Aubervilliers and Paris while discovering jazz and improvisation. In 1990 Mr. Courtois formed his first ensemble, a quartet which would record and release two albums called “Cello News” and “Full Moon”. Both records garnered significant critical acclaim. In 1993, Mr. Courtois began to expand his reach as a bandleader founding the Pendulum Quartet featuring Julien Lourau and the band, Turkish Blend. A year later he recorded on the album “Marvelous” with American jazz luminaries Michel Petrucciani, Tony Williams and Dave Holland.
Vincent Courtois has led countless projects on tours throughout Europe, Asia and North America, recording many albums in the process. Musicians with whom he collaborated with during this time include: Noël Akchoté, Lucilla Galeazzi, Michel Godard, Marc Ducret, Dominique Pifarély, Cyril Atef, John Greaves, Dominique Pifarély, Ellery Eskelin and Sylvie Courvoisier, Sophia Domancich, François Merville, Marc Baron, the singer Jeanne Added, Ze Jam, Maxime Delpierre, Matthieu Jérome, Olivier Lété and David Aknin.
In 2008 Mr. Courtois recorded his first solo cello album, ”L’Imprévu,” and was named a knight in The Order of Arts and Letters (l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).