Florent Maigrot cello cellist
photo: Esther Fledderman

French cellist Florent Maigrot was born in Versailles, and studied the cello with Barbara Marcinkowska from the age of nine at the Conservatoire de Versailles. Young, he was singing as well, and became part of the 'Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles', where he participated in several opera productions such as 'The Enchanted Flute' and the 'Coronation of Poppee', with concerts in venues as the Theatre des Champs Elysées. He also participated in a CD recording where he recorded some of the solo parts of the Stabat Mater of Pergolesi. 


At the age of seventeen he went to study with Michel Strauss at the Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne-Billancourt. In 2007 he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, to continue studies with M. Strauss. There he obtained his Masters degree. He was formed by several other musicians such as Marc Coppey and Itamar Golan. With his quartet he won first prize at the 'Forum Musical de Normandy' in 2008. 


Interested in contemporary music, he worked at the IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musical), and created several modern, and electric acoustic pieces by young and upcoming composers such as Kenji Sakai, Aurélien Dumont etc. These experiences inspired him to participate as solo-cello in the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra where he worked closely with Pierre Boulez. He also had the chance to play for composers such as Philippe Hersant, Sofia Gubaidulina and Kristof Penderecki. 


In 2013 he moved to the Netherlands, and joined the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra in Groningen, where he currently holds a position as solo-cellist.