The Italian cellist Claude Frochaux began playing the cello at the age of six at the Suzuki Talent Center, then at the Conservatory of Turin. Studies followed in Frankfurt with Michael Sanderling, where he completed his diploma and his concert examination with the highest rating in the soloist class, as well as postgraduate studies in Essen and Madrid. He received further artistic inspiration from Eberhard Feltz, Menahem Pressler, Ferenc Rados, Ralf Gothoni and was supported by the foundations De Sono, Live Music Now and Anna Ruths.
Besides Italy and other European countries, solo and chamber music concerts have brought him to North and South America, India, China with performances in halls such as the Wigmore Hall and King’s Place London, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Berlin, Kölner Philharmonie, Musikverein Vienna, Parco della Musica Roma, Auditorium Sony Madrid, Konzerthaus Berlin, Arvo Pärt Centre Estonia, as well as the NCPA Theater Mumbai and Teatro del Lago Chile. As a sought-after and passionate chamber musician, he is a guest at festivals including Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mozartfest Würzburg, Beethovenfest Bonn, Enescu Bucharest, Kuhmo Finland, Oxford, Wimbledon, Baltic Sea and and has been broadcast on BR, WDR, SWR, NDR, Deutschlandfunk, RAI3 and Radio Clasica.
In 2008 he founded Monte Piano Trio with which he has won numerous international prizes (Maria Canals Barcelona, BrahmsAustria, SchumannFrankfurt, Folkwang Prize) and regularly gives concerts. He collaborates with groups including O/Modernt Stockholm, Ensemble Midwest Denmark, Amici Ensemble Frankfurt, Ensemble Ruhr.
Claude Frochaux is the founder and artistic director of Kammermusikfest Sylt, which takes place every year on the German island of Sylt and the project MUSICA+ in Frankfurt. He plays a G.F.Celoniatus-Cello from Turin from 1720.