Born in Alsace, Philippe Muller was raised in both the French and the German musical traditions. He has had a varied career, performing an extensive repertoire as a soloist and a member of chamber ensembles. In 1970, with Jacques Rouvier and Jean-Jacques Kantorow, he founded a piano trio that was particularly praised for its dynamism and homogeneity. His seven years working with the Ensemble Intercontemporain fostered his understanding of contemporary music.
In 1979, Muller succeeded his master André Navarra as cello teacher at the Conservatoire de Paris. His more than three decades teaching at the Conservatoire allowed him to train an impressive number of young cellists. Many of them, such as Xavier Phillips and Gautier Capuçon, now have distinguished careers.
Philippe Muller has given masterclasses at prestigious institutions around the world, particularly in Kyoto, Japan, where for 22 years he has been involved in an academy of French music. He performs mostly in Europe, but also in Canada, the United States, Latin America, Japan and Korea.
Muller’s extensive discography ranges from Vivaldi, Beethoven and Brahms to Fauré, Ravel, Martinů, Malec and Merlet, not to mention the complete suites of J. S. Bach.