Acclaimed worldwide for his technique and musicianship, the British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician and writer. He appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras, including in recent seasons the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician he regularly devises and performs in series for major venues and festivals all over the world, including London’s Wigmore Hall and the Salzburg Festival. He takes a strong interest in period performance, playing regularly with many of the foremost original instrument ensembles. He is also a highly-regarded exponent of contemporary repertoire, and has premièred many new works including John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil, Thomas Adès’s Lieux retrouvés and Wolfgang Rihm’s Concerto in One Movement.
His diverse interests in repertoire are reflected in an extensive and award-winning discography. His best-selling books for children about the lives of the great composers – Why Beethoven Threw the Stew and Why Handel Waggled his Wig – are published by Faber & Faber and have been translated into many languages, and he is also the author of three stories for children with music by Anne Dudley. With the pianist Stephen Hough he has recorded for BIS a disc of music for younger listeners, called Children’s Cello.
Steven Isserlis gives frequent masterclasses around the world, and is artistic director of the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall. He is the recipient of many honours, including a CBE in recognition of his services to music and the Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau, and was recently one of only two living cellists voted into Gramophone Magazine’s prestigious Hall of Fame.
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