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Tristan Thery

1st violin
When and where was your 1st concert with the MCO?

In Salzburg in 2010, with Daniel Harding and Lars Vogt as a soloist.

What’s the best thing about playing in the MCO?

The energy and the desire of all the musicians to make each concert a special one.

The most inspiring composer?

Bela Bartók: I fell in love with his music when I was 15. Even though I enjoyed many other composers since then, he still has a special place for me.

If you could play another instrument, what would it be?

I used to play the drums as a kid so I think I would still enjoy being a percussionist. I admire the impact they have on the whole orchestra.

What do you need to feel at home whilst on tour?

A visit from my wife and son. Unfortunately this is not always possible.

What do you do before a performance?

I’m laughing and making stupid jokes. It helps me forget that I’m nervous!


Born in Bordeaux in 1984, Tristan Thery received his first violin lessons at the age of five. He began his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon with Christophe Poiget, and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Prof. Mi-Kyung Lee as an Erasmus student.

Between 2005 and 2012 he studied with Prof. Ulf Wallin at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin. He has also participated in master classes with Christian Tetzlaff, Haim Taub, Ivry Gitlis and Andrew Manze.

During the 2008–9, Tristan was a fellow of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He has played with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. He has been a member of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig as a lead player since 2012.

Tristan Thery is also a very active chamber musician, with regular partners including Ulf Wallin, Hartmut Rohde, Claudio Bohórquez, Thomas Riebl and Martina Filjak, and has also been invited to numerous festivals such as Musique en Côte Basque in France, Cully Classique in Switzerland, and the Split Summer Festival in Croatia.