During the lockdown of the French capital, cellist Camille Thomas moved her concerts to a higher level. The Franco-Belgian cellist started a series of concerts on rooftops, balconies and museums during Paris' first lockdown in the spring of 2020. Camille Thomas
began with a concert on the roof outside her apartment. Since then, there have been concerts at the Institute of the Arab World, the Palace of Versailles, Musée Nissim de Camondo and Palais Garnier and the roof of Institut de France, where she played a piece by Ravel.
'I feel deeply that beauty will save the world, and at that at the moment it is an essential food, it is the food of the soul. (...) It's important to be entertained, but the food for the soul that comes from being in a museum, from listening to a musician play, from actually receiving beauty is what keeps us going in the most difficult moments,' Thomas says from the roof of Institut de France to AFP (video)
She has called the unconventional concert series a symbol of the loneliness of musicians without an audience and museums without visitors during the pandemic.
'It was my way of creating beauty despite everything,' Thomas says to francemusique.fr.
The cellist's latest album, Voice of Hope, was released in 2020. It is the first classical music album to be launched in collaboration with UNICEF, and a percentage of the sales will go to UNICEF France.
During the Bergen International Festival, she will be playing in Troldsalen with pianist Julien Brocal
, who has released three solo albums. At Troldhaugen
, they will perform cello sonatas by Grieg, Chopin and Boulanger.Image: Camille Thomas (photo: Sonia Sieff), Julien Brocal (photo: Isabelle Françaix)
New date: This event was postponed from the 2021 Bergen International Festival and has a new concert date in 2022.