Just in: Leipzig’s new principal cello is French

Just in: Leipzig’s new principal cello is French


norman lebrecht

September 16, 2015

Léonard Frey-Maibach was announced today as first solo cellist of the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra.

He’s 24, from Lyon, and he’s been playing in the section for the past two years.

Léonard plays an 1810 Nicolas Lupot.



  • Max Grimm says:

    Congratulations to Léonard on passing his trial phase.

  • Peter says:

    He is French. And? Who cares who issues his passport? It could be somewhat interesting, where he was educated, who his teachers were etc. But his nationality? Seriously? Is this the 19th century?

  • debussyste says:

    One of the two principal solo cellists in the Berlin Philarmoniker is french ! I speak of Bruno Delepelaire. And one of the two principal flutists in the same orchester is french too. I speak of Mathieur Dufour. There’s a current french invasion in the german orchesters. What’s going on in Germany ! The greatness of the german musical tradition will be corrupted by french ” légereté “.

    Richard Wagner wouldn’t be amused ….