For more than 25 years, Laurent Issartel has been part of a professional orchestra and he is also a complete musician: he plays chamber music, jazz and world music.
After a First Prize in cello at the Conservatoire d'Avignon, and his first engagements with the Avignon Orchestra, he enters the Conservatoire national de Lyon where he obtains a First Prize in cello and a postgraduate diploma in chamber music with the Debussy Quartet. He then benefits from the advice of Paul Tortelier during lectures in Geneva. At the same time, he was chosen by the conductor Sir John-Eliot Gardiner to be part of the Lyon Opera Orchestra. He also won several international prizes, including the Vittorio Gui International Competition in Florence for cello and piano sonata.
In 1990, Laurent Issartel joined the Orchestre national de France under Lorin Maazel and played under the direction of the greatest conductors: Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Charles Dutoit, ...
Since January 2003 Laurent Issartel has been a member of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
He has been in charge of the class of cello orchestral lines at the Haute École de Musique de Genève for 10 years.