Thanks to an immediately distinctive sound and to a range of great diversity, the French cellist Matthieu Saglio has established himself as one of the most fascinating cello players of his generation. He is presently settled in Valencia, Spain. Out of a classical background (at the Conservatory of Rennes), he is one of the pioneers in introducing cello to flamenco with his band Jerez-Texas, which has been touring around the world since 2002. At the same time, Matthieu multiplies solo, duo and band projects as well as accompanying numerous groups. In 2015 he creates the trio NES. Intensively touring, the band takes off after releasing the album ‘Ahlam’ in 2018 by the prestigious German label ACT. Unanimously welcome by international review, their concerts rapidly increased throughout Europe.
In 2020, Matthieu releases a new album, ‘El camino de los vientos’ (The way of the winds), with the great label ACT. The album vibrates from all the influences which forged the musical soul of the composer and cello-player. To give substance to this peculiar universe, Matthieu invited the musicians that were important to him, as a plain listener or as a travelling companion. El camino de los vientos is thus crossed by winds joining up from all horizons and carrying along with them major names of European jazz (Nguyên Lê, Nils Petter Molvaer, Carles Benavent, Vincent Peirani, Steve Shehan, Bijan Chemirani, etc.).
His qualities as a composer are regularly demanded for the creation of original soundtracks both for theatre or television.
One undeniable goal guides the musician in all his projects: to start a dialogue between his instrument and other cultures. He has hence been nominated as artist ambassador at the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation.
“Matthieu Saglio is arguably the greatest French jazz cellist today“ (Babelmed).