Annie Cochet-Zakine


Professor Annie Cochet-Zakine. Chevalier des Arts et Lettres,
studied cello at the Conservatory of Chambery (Savoy), at the CNR of Boulogne-Billancourt and Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.
She has performed in France and abroad with several chamber music ensembles. Annie joined the  Colonne Orchestra and also specialized in Viol de Gamba in Zurich.
In 1992, she was appointed Professor at the Paris Conservatoire and the CNR of Toulouse and then devoted most of her time to teaching.
Renowned as a teacher she initiated and trained many  professional cellists, including some of national or international fame: Gauthier Capuçon, Delphine Borsarello etc…

Of teaching she says "Amateur or professional to be, all need to work in excellence.”

[...] "Starting" a young musician is for the teacher the greatest responsibility. If he (she) becomes a  professional, it shows that he (she) has been rigorously initiated  on his (her) instrument and trained to express its full potential with his(her) natural abilities[...]
It is important, very early in the day, to make young people aware that music is not a solitary activity, but that their music is intended to enable them to integrate into the musical communiity and to  benefit from it and have fun [...]
This training will also include music education, i.e. sensitization to listening to other musicians or attendance at concerts.