Lyam Chenaux

Award-winning young cellist Lyam Chenaux was born in 2009 in Lausanne into a family of musicians: his mother plays cello and flute and his grandmother – piano and organ. He started playing cello at the age of five and joined the studio of Professor Denis Severin at the Zakhar Bron School of Music in 2021.

Lyam is a passionate young musician and he is committed to mastering his performance skills. To reach this goal, he studies cello with his Professor at the School, performs at different concerts and festivals, attends various cello masterclasses, plays cello with a local string orchestra and participates in national competitions – where he has won seven first prizes as a cello player in the last three years:

  • Swiss Youth National Music Competition (SYNMC) 2018: 1st prize at the Entrada and 1st prize in the finale (cello category solo I)
  • Bach Competition 2019 in Sion: the 1st prize and the grand prix in all categories
  • SYNMC 2019: 2nd prize in Entrada (duo I category)
  • Riviera Competition 2019: absolute 1st prize in solo and duo categories
  • Baroque Competition 2021 in Sion: the 1st prize and the grand prix in all categories
  • SYNMC 2021: 1st prize at the Entrada and the 1st prize with distinction in the finale (baroque music category)

In 2020 he also won the first prize at the SYNMC in the composition category. Lyam also participated in the Rising Stars Berlin international online competition 2020 and 2021 (and won 1st prize both times) and in the Nouvelles Etoiles 2021 Paris 4th Edition international online competition where he won the 1st prize and two special prizes.

As a young cellist, Lyam has performed at several concerts and festivals in the country, such as:

  • Association des Amis de l’Ecole de Musique de Cossonay (2018)
  • Les pages musicales de La Chaux Festival (2019)
  • Festival4saisons at the Lausanne Opera (2021)
  • Festival Classique Puplinges in Geneva (2021)
  • Week-End Musical de Pully Festival (2018, 2019 and 2021)
  • The Bachwochen (Bach Weeks) Bach Festival at the Thun Lake (2021)

Despite his young age, he has already performed as a soloist with the Budweis Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic): he played the 1st movement of Haydn’s Concerto in C (for which he even composed the final cadenza) at the International Summer Academy 2020 in Biel.

At the age of nine, Lyam joined the Lausanne Conservatory Ministrings orchestra of young string musicians (under the baton of T. Strinning and B. Batt) where he has been playing as a cellist ever since. He also plays chamber music in duo and trio, notably with Raphael Bollengier (piano). Lyam also plays the oboe and studies music composition.

Due to his outstanding musical talent, Lyam was granted financial support from the Burkhalter, Lyra and Fritz Gerber foundations in 2020 and 2021.