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Chevillard, Pierre (Alexandre François)

Chevillard, Pierre (Alexandre François)

Chevillard, Pierre (Alexandre François), Belgian cellist, pedagogue, and composer, father of (Paul Alexandre) Camille Chevillard; b. Antwerp, Jan. 15, 1811; d. Paris, Dec. 18, 1877. He entered the Paris Cons, at age 8, graduating in 1827 with a premier prix in cello, and then studied theory with Fétis. He was solo cellist at the Théâtre Gymnase in Paris and also made successful tours as a concert artist. In 1831 he became solo cellist at the Théâtre-Italien in Paris. In 1835 he founded the Société des Derniers Quatuors de Beethoven, which presented public recitals from 1849 promoting Beethoven’s late quartets; in 1855–56 it toured throughout France and Germany. In 1860 he became a prof, at the Paris Cons. He publ. a Méthode complète de violoncelle (Paris, c. 1850) and composed pieces for the cello.

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