Christophe Coin (born in Caen in 1958) began his musical training in the town of his birth with Jacques Ripoche. He subsequently studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris with André Navarra (Premier Prix de Violoncelle 1974) until 1976. At the age of 16, he was awarded a scholarship to study in Vienna. It was during this sojourn that he also made initial contact with Nikolaus Harnoncourt to whom he is exceedingly grateful for significant impulses regarding the approach to his instrument and the field of ancient music in general. In 1978/79, Coin commenced studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis to intensify his studies within the sphere of the viola da gamba. Since 1988, he has taught the cello at the SCB and also has a class at the CNSM in Paris where he also lives with his family.
Christophe Coin is today one of the most distinguished cellists of his generation as confirmed by numerous CD recordings. Following his participation in the ensemble Concentus Musicus Wien and alongside his career as a soloist, he has now directed the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges for a number of years. With the Quatuor Mosaïque, he
has devoted himself with great success to familiar and unfamiliar string quartet literature from the period around 1800. Coin’s chief interest is focused on old string instruments in general and specific instrument-related issues which he is able to incorporate into his practical experience. Christophe Coin plays a violoncello by Alessandro Gagliano (Naples c. 1720) on loan from the Fonds Instrumental Français.
Source: Coviello Classics (MBM)