Acclaimed worldwide for his technique and musicianship, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a uniquely varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, prolific recording artist, educator, author and broadcaster. He appears with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, and as a chamber musician he has curated concert series for many prestigious venues, including Wigmore Hall, New York’s 92nd Street Y and the Salzburg Festival. Unusually, he directs chamber orchestras from the cello in classical programmes. He has a strong interest in historical performance, working with many period-instrument orchestras. He is also a keen exponent of contemporary music and has premièred many new works, including John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil, Thomas Adès’s Lieux retrouvés, three works for solo cello by György Kurtág, and pieces by Heinz Holliger, Jörg Widmann, Olli Mustonen and Stephen Hough. Since 1997, he 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, have been translated into many languages; his latest book is a commentary on Schumann’s famous Advice for Young Musicians. The recipient of many awards, his honours include a CBE in recognition of his services to music, the Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau, the Piatigorsky Prize and Maestro Foundation Genius Grant (USA), the Gold Medal awarded by the Armenian Ministry of Culture, the Glashütte Original Music Festival Award (Germany), and the Wigmore Medal (UK). Steven Isserlis plays the ‘Marquis de Corberon’ Stradivarius of 1726, on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.
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