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Isserlis, Steven (cello)
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Steven Isserlis (cello)

Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a uniquely varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster. He appears with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, and gives recitals in major musical centres. As a chamber musician, he has curated concert series for many prestigious venues, including the Wigmore Hall, New York’s 92nd St Y, and the Salzburg Festival. Unusually, he also directs chamber orchestras from the cello in classical programmes.

He has a strong interest in historical performance, working with many period-instrument orchestras and giving recitals with harpsichord and fortepiano. He is also a keen exponent of contemporary music and has premiered many new works, including John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil, Thomas Adès’s Lieux retrouvés, and György Kurtág’s The Hilary Jig and For Steven.

Steven’s award-winning discography includes Bach’s complete solo cello suites (Gramophone’s Instrumental Album of the Year); Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano; concertos by C P E Bach and Haydn; the Elgar and Walton concertos; and the Brahms Double Concerto with Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Since 1997, Steven has been Artistic Director of the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Cornwall. He also enjoys playing for children, and has created three musical stories, with the composer Anne Dudley. His two books for children, published by Faber & Faber, have been translated into many languages; a new book, a commentary on Schumann’s famous Advice for Young Musicians, has recently been published by Faber.

The recipient of many awards, Steven’s honours include a CBE in recognition of his services to music; the Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau; the Piatigorsky Prize, in America; the Glashütte Original Music Festival Award, in Germany; and the Wigmore Hall Gold Medal, and Walter Willson Cobbett Medal for Services to Chamber Music, in the UK.

He gives most of his concerts on the Marquis de Corberon (Nelsova) Stradivarius of 1726, kindly loaned to him by the Royal Academy of Music.


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