At the age of thirteen, Cédric Lorel entered the CRR of Paris in the class of Billy Eidi, where he received three first prizes (piano, sight-reading and music theory). In 1996, he entered the CNSM in Paris where he spent seven years of brilliant studies. He received the Diploma of Higher Education in piano, chamber music and accompaniment, as well as a first prize in harmony, and studied with the following renowned teachers: Henri Barda, Christian Ivaldi, Jean Koerner and Jean-Claude Raynaud. During ten years, he also studied with Lucienne Marino-Bloch (a disciple of Lefébure and Michelangeli), who gave him valuable advice and encouragement. He frequently participated in the master classes of the Academy of Flaine with Dominique Merlet and Pascal Devoyon.
Winner of numerous competitions, Cédric Lorel had opportunities from a very young age, to perform at the Salle Gaveau, the Salle Cortot, the Sorbonne, and the Staatsoper in Berlin, both as soloist as well as with orchestra. He has also been invited several times to the Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival, as part of ensembles in residence.
An eclectic musician, Cédric Lorel has performed in various fields: dance, theater, opera, and musicals. He has collaborated with, among others, the Compagnie Colette Roumanoff, filmmaker Dominique Delouche, actress Fanny Ardant, the choir of Radio France or the Orchestre de Paris. Recently, Cédric recorded an album with the violist Manuel Vioque-Judde, “Viola Reflections”, which was published in the Young Soloists collection of the Conservatoire de Paris. His other partners include violinists Li-Kung Kuo and Yuri Kuroda, cellists Valérie Aimard, Antonina Zharava and Raphaël Pidoux.
Cedric Lorel is particularly passionate about collaborative piano and chamber music, as well teaching. He has often worked as a collaborative pianist for important summer festivals (Nancy, Biarritz and Prades) and with the Orchestre Français des Jeunes. Holder of the Certificat d’Aptitude (C.A.) he currently teaches in Paris at the Conservatoire Jean-Philippe Rameau (collaborative piano and sight reading), the Maurice Ravel Conservatory and CNSMDP.