France Springuel is since many decades the leading cellist in Belgium.
When she won the fourth prize of the International Tchaikowsky Competition in Moscow, she took place among the greatest cello-soloists in the international concert world. She also was prizewinner at the TIJI Competition in Bratislava, and got the ‘Prix du jeune soliste’ in Montréal. In 1983 France Springuel was proclaimed ‘Soloist of the Year’ in Canada, Switzerland, France and Belgium, and in 1986 she was the ‘Festival Star’ at the Flanders Festival.
France Springuel performed with famous orchestras and conducters in prestigious concertseries in the Lincoln-center in New York, the ‘salle Gaveau’ in Paris, the ‘Hercules hall in München, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Barbican center in London and many others.
Famous conductors as Lorin Maazel and Yehudi Menuhin were impressed by her exceptional musical talent.
France Springuel is an accomplished technician, but her mastery of technique is fully subordinated to musical expressiveness. Her interpretations are always characterized by their natural quality, their virtuosity and their wealth of subtlety. Her versatility and tha uncontrived directness with wich she brings life to the great romantic concertos of Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Dvorak as well as Shostakovitch and Lutoslavsky, have earned praise wherever she plays.
She recently recorded work by Schubert and Schumann. Also the recording of the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven.
These releases will be followed by recordings of Mendelssohn, Brahms, Fauré and other classical and romantic composers.
France Springuel rare Italian instrument, a Tomaso Balestrieri, dates from 1752.