março 16, 2007


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“As far as I remember, I received the Suggia award for a few years from 1970 onwards. It was exciting, because it was the first time I had received any sort of high-level award (and I was very conscious that one of the previous recipients had been Jacqueline du Pré); and it was also very helpful, because it enabled me to continue lessons with my wonderful teacher Jane Cowan." (Steven Isserlis- 13 de Março de 2007)

This was one of the great concerts of the season – of any season during my 10 years in Washington…and it was cellist Isserlis who was the guiding spirit behind the evening. Everything was right:…the fervency, delight and wildness with which the music was played…one had that rare and thrilling sense that the music, although obviously meticulously rehearsed, was being discovered, explored, caressed and exalted as though it were all brand-new.”The Washington Post, 18 December 2006

Steven Isserlis is a remarkable cellist whose commitment to and obvious pleasure in music making is an inspiration to audiences and fellow-musicians. His artistic profile is characterised by a uniquely beautiful sound, a diverse choice of repertoire, a passion for finding neglected works, and above all, empathy with the music he plays.

Steeped in music from birth  his grandfather was the Russian pianist and composer Julius Isserlis, while older branches of his family tree have a direct line to Felix Mendelssohn  Steven Isserlis has communicated through music from an early age. In his 11th year as Artistic Director of IMS Prussia Cove in Cornwall - a role he inherited from founder Sándor Végh - this energy and passion for communicating and educating is evident in the annual master classes and chamber music sessions that he leads each April and September. In 2000 Steven commissioned Unbeaten Tracks, a collection of eight contemporary miniatures for the cello aimed at children and amateur cellists, and in the following year wrote Why Beethoven Threw the Stew, biographical stories of six composers aimed at a young audience. The book has since been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Serbian, Russian, German and underwent 4th printing in English earlier in 2005. A second instalment, entitled Why Handel Waggled His Wig, was published in May 2006, coinciding with his latest record release, Children’s Cello, an album of music for young cellists.

Steven’s consuming interest in music extends through performance and teaching to a fascination with musicological research. Performances of rarely heard works pepper his schedule and he frequently brings his knowledge of the repertoire to bear in devising festivals and concert series for which he gathers around him musical friends such as Joshua Bell, Stephen Hough, Olli Mustonen, Tabea Zimmermann, as well as actors Barry Humphries and Simon Callow. His festivals surrounding the music of Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Frühling, Taneyev, and Saint-Saëns in Europe, North America, and the Far East have earned him a unique following and respect amongst colleagues. As an unofficial leader figure for British instrumentalists, Steven’s appearances on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4 and letters in the Times and the Evening Standard in September 2006 played a pivotal role in reversing British Airport Authority’s stance towards forbidding musicians to bring instruments onboard.

As a soloist, Steven has travelled the world and performed with leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. His interest in period ensembles is reflected in appearances with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, La Stagione Frankfurt, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Academy of Ancient Music. Steven collaborates with a wide range of conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Mikko Franck, John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Eschenbach, Daniel Harding, Paavo Järvi, Lorin Maazel, Roger Norrington, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, and Sakari Oramo, with whom he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002.

Isserlis brings his musicological enthusiasm into the recording studio with CD’s such as Forgotten Romance, Cello World, a disc of trios by Brahms, Schumann and Frühling and a recording of Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto No. 2. Steven’s recordings of Tavener's The Protecting Veil (which won a Gramophone Award) and Svyati were separately nominated for the Mercury Music Prize; his recording of the Haydn Concerti won a Classic CD Award and, in common with Cello World and Forgotten Romance, was nominated for Gramophone Award. The Schumann Cello Concerto with Christopher Eschenbach and Steven’s CD of works by Janacek, Prokofiev and Shostakovich with Olli Mustonen were awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis. His performance of the Elegie from the complete cello and piano works of Gabriel Fauré was featured in the 2004 remake of the classic Hollywood thriller, Manchurian Candidate. In October 2005, Steven re-recorded the Brahms Cello Sonatas as well as works for cello and piano by Dvořák and Suk for Hyperion Records. The disc rapidly garnered acclaim and was voted the Listeners’ Disc of Year on the popular BBC Radio 3 “CD Review” programme. In May 2007, Steven will release the complete Solo Cello Suites of Bach on Hyperion.

In 1998 Steven’s passion for all things musical was recognised by a CBE in the Birthday Honours list. He is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music, and in 1993 received both the Piatigorsky Award in the US and the Royal Philharmonic Society Award. Steven was awarded the Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau (Schumann's birthplace) in 2000, a Classic FM Red f Award (2001) for his contribution to making classical music more popular, and the 2002 Time Out Classical Music Award. His performance of Carl Vine’s new cello concerto at the Sydney Opera House in 2004 was awarded the ‘Best Performance of an Australian Composition’ in the 2005 ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp.) Awards.

Extra-musical enthusiasms include the novels of Wilkie Collins and R C Hutchinson, the films of the Marx Brothers and Indian food!

The Nippon Music Foundation of Japan has kindly loaned the Feuermann Stradivarius of 1730 to Steven Isserlis.

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Publicado por vm em março 16, 2007 12:15 AM

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Bj ;)

Afixado por: Menina_marota em março 17, 2007 11:31 AM

Todo o valor que o blogue possa ter se deve a Guilhermina Suggia. E por isso fico contente.

Afixado por: vm em março 18, 2007 05:13 PM