Célia Garetti Nicole

Célia Garetti Nicole

Born in Versailles, France, in 2003. Since 2021, she studies at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Aline Foriel-Destezet Cello Chair with professor Ivan Monighetti. She has been granted scholarships by Pierre et Marie-Christine Dreyfus and Fundación Albéniz and plays with a Sielam Baroque cello bow, loaned as an instrument scholarship by the latter.

She began her cello studies at the age of 6 with Jacques Perrone at Menton’s Conservatory (France). In 2012 she entered, with a full scholarship, Cobham’s Yehudi Menuhin School (United Kingdom), where she studied with Bartholomew Lafolette and Thomas Caroll. Six months later she returned to Geneva, where she met Ivan Monighetti, who has been her professor ever since. She also attended masterclasses by professors Thomas Caroll, Martti Rousi, Frans Helmerson, Alban Gerhardt, and Ralf Gothóni (groups with piano), among others.

Between 2012 and 2018 she participated in several competitions such as the Crescendo Russian International Competition, where she was awarded the first prize in 2015, and the Swiss Youth Competitions, where she was awarded the first prize in 2016.

She combines her music studies with teaching children at a small school in her home country.

As a student of the School, she has been part of the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra conducted by Juanjo Mena and Péter Csaba; of the Sinfonietta under the baton of Johannes Kalitzke; of the Baroque Ensemble of the School, conducted by Paul Goodwin, and of the Fundación EDP Camerata, conducted by Paul Goodwin. In 2021 she participated in the 30th anniversary tour of the School with the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, with whom she performed at Madrid's Teatro Real, at Bratislava's Reduta Hall, at Budapest's Liszt Ferenc Academy and at Vienna's Musikverein. She has been a member of the Schola and the Mistral Trios and the Granados Quartet. She is currently part of the Ambage Trio and the Asisa Óscar Esplá Quartet.