Constantin Macherel was born in Lausanne in 1991 and began playing cello at the age of six. In 2012, he completed his Bachelor of Arts at the Conservatoire de Lausanne in the class of Marc Jaermann and Susan Rybicki Varga. The young cellist continued his studies with Prof. Ivan Monighetti at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, which he completed with a Master Performance in 2014. He continued his studies in the class of the famous cellist and teacher Raphael Wallfisch at the Zurich University of the Arts.
Constantin received further impulses by attending master classes with, among others, Xavier Gagnepain, France Springuel, Karina Georgian, David Geringas, Giovanni Sollima and Natalia Gutman.
Constantin Macherel has won prizes in various competitions. He won the 1st prize of the Swiss Youth Music Competition several times, was a first prize winner of the SUISA Prize and the Schenk Foundation and won a second prize at the Rahn Music Prize for Strings 2018.
Various foundations, including the Fondation Irène Denéréaz, the Fondation du Casino Barrière de Montreux, the Fritz Gerber Foundation, the Fondation Nicati de-Luze and the Schenk Foundation for Young Soloists supported the young cellist. In 2013 he won the prize of the Leenaards Fondation.
Constantin played as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe at various festivals, including the “rencontres musicales d’Enghien”, “Crystal Place Festival”, “Apeldoorn Chamber Music Festival”, “Ensemble enScène” and the “Tribune des jeunes musiciens”. Some of his concerts have been broadcast on Swiss radio and television.
Constantin regularly gives concerts with musicians such as Cédric Pescia, Gérard Wyss, Martijn Willers, Frederic Bager, Işıl Bengi, Guillaume Hersperger, François Benda, Hans Egidi, Nurit Stark, Ilan Gronich, Caroline Melzer.
In June 2018, he made his first solo recording with the “London Mozart Players” with original works for cello and string orchestra. The CD will be released in 2019.
Since 2005 Constantin has also been composing. He was taught by Caspar Walter, Georg Friedrich Haas (Musikakademie Basel) and William Blank (HEMU Lausanne).
His pieces have already been performed in various concerts. He is currently composing a solo piece for the young harpist Tjasha Gafner.
Constantin plays an instrument by Joseph Hill, London ca. 1765.
The board of trustees of the Rahn Kulturfonds meets twice a year and will consider all fully completed applications received.
Next board meetings:
April 28, 2020
September 24, 2020
The Rahn Kulturfonds supports requests regarding a contribution to the performance fees if:
- it is a project with or by Rahn Kulturfonds prize winners.
- it is a project with Rahn Kulturfonds scholarship holders.
The Rahn Kulturfonds supports its prize winners and scholarship holders during four years after receiving the award.
For the meeting on April 28, 2020, please hand in your complete application no later than April 5, 2020 by email or by filling out the following form.
Switzerland / Belgium
Rahn Musikpreis 2018, 2. Prize Violoncello