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As a cellist, Atsushi Sakai has gone through a rich musical path and has distinguished himself to possess an uncommonly eclectic repertoire, ranging from baroque music to contemporary music. He has performed and recorded for numerous French baroque ensembles in the past and is now considered as one of the most remarkable continuo player in Europe. In 2007, he has cofounded Quatuor Cambini-Paris, a string quartet on gut strings specializing in classical and romantic repertoire. Their recording of the 6 string quartets dedicated to Haydn by Mozart, on Ambroisie/Naïve label released in 2015, has been widely acclaimed by the critics. Quatuor Cambini-Paris has also performed and recorded lesser known French composers such as Jadin, David and Gouvy, and collaborates frequently with Palazetto Bru Zane. Atsushi Sakai is also an adept player for contemporary music and has toured internationally playing works for cello such as B.A. Zimmermann's cello sonata. Over the past few years, he has had the privilege to collaborate closely with composer Bernard Cavanna, recording and premiering his imaginative works.
Haydn: Concerto in C, 1st mvt - Atsushi Sakai (Vc & Dir.) - Le Cercle de l'Harmonie
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F. David: Quartet in A, 3rd mvt - Quatuor Cambini-Paris
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