B i o g r a p h ie
The cellist Grégoire Korniluk was born in Douai, France in 1981. He began his musical studies at the age of 5 with the piano and took his first cello lessons at the age of 7 at the National Conservatory of Douai. He was awarded the 1st prize with distinction at the age of 13, in the class of Claude Brion. He subsequently entered the Conservatory of Aulnay sous bois, where he studied with Jean-Marie Gamard ; he was awarded the 1st prize with distinction in both cello and chamber muisic.
In 1997 Grégoire Korniluk entered (1st nominated) the Conservatoire National de Musique of Paris in the class of Philippe Muller on a four-year scholarship ; in 2001 he was awarded the 1st prize (again with distinction and 1st nominated) in both cello and chamber music (string quartet).
From 1993 he won and was awarded several national and international cello competitions such as Wattrelos in 1993 and 1996, Macon in 1998, Perpignan in 1999, Varsovia in 2001, Zagreb in 2002. He also participated in many masterclasses with famous cellists such as Alexander Boyarski in London, Peter Whispelwey in Brussels, Natalia Chakovskaya and Xavier Gagnepain in Paris, Norman Fisher and Timothy Eddy in Boston and New-York, Arto Noras and Raphael Sommer in Prades.
Grégoire Korniluk’s career has brought him engagements to perform as soloist in France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland and USA, and invitations to chamber music festivals such as Cobham (UK), South Hadley (USA), Cordes sur ciel (France),…
In parallel of his career he played regularly with Paris Opera Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, principal at the Orchestre National de Bordeaux. In 2003, he’s been singled out by the conductor Christoph Von Dohnanyi who invited him to be Principal substitute of the NDR Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg.
Grégoire Korniluk’s passion for the modern music has brought him to devellop and study a new approach of both acoustic and electric cellos, and composition. In 2002 he’s been invited by the Finish cello band Apocalyptica to be guest on their album « Reflections ». He’s also been invited to perform with personnalities such as Marianne Faithfull (for whom he played and composed 22 short cello solo pieces), the actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Grinberg, the accordeonist Daniel Mille, Vincent Cavanagh (Anathema), the bass player Pascal Mulot,…
Grégoire Korniluk regularly takes part in movies soundtracks recordings as a soloist and arranger with composers such as Armand Amar and Ibrahim Maalouf (Human, Home, the first cry, several Costa-Gavras movies,…).
He founded the metal band Angher in 2006 as his goal was to create his own brand of cello fused metal by incorporating such a powerful and unlikely instrument with guitar. Their debut album « Hidden Truth » has been released worldwide 15/09/09 via the US label Darkstar records/sony music.