Born in Paris, Tristan Cornut received his first cello lessons from Annie Cochet. He studied at the Paris Conservatorium under Roland Pidoux and at the University of Music in Stuttgart and Freiburg under Jean-Guihen Queyras.
He has won awards in a number of international competitions, including the Lutoslawski Competition, the Domnick Competition, the Gaspar Cassado Competition and the ARD Music Competition.
As a chamber musician he has played alongside Antonio Meneses, Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Giuranna and Miguel da Silva and he is a prizewinner in the chamber music competitions of Melbourne and Trondheim.
Tristan Cornut has performed as a soloist with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since 2012, he has been a principal at The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
In his free time he is interested in history and poetry.