Steven Isserlis

Acclaimed worldwide for his profoundmusicianship and technical mastery, British cellist StevenIsserlis enjoys a uniquely varied career as a soloist,chamber musician, educator, author, and broadcaster.He appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestrasand conductors; and gives recitals every season in majormusical centres. As a chamber musician, he has curatedconcert series for many prestigious venues, including theWigmore Hall, New York’s 92nd Street Y and Zankel Halls,and the Salzburg and Verbier festivals. Unusually, he alsodirects chamber orchestras in classical programmesfrom his cello.He has a strong interest in historical performance,working with many period-instrument orchestras andgiving recitals with harpsichord and fortepiano. He isalso a keen exponent of contemporary music and haspremiered many new works, including John Tavener’sThe Protecting Veil, Thomas Adès’s Lieux retrouvés,and György Kurtág’s For Steven.Steven’s award-winning discography includes Bach’scomplete Solo Cello Suites for Hyperion (Gramophone’sInstrumental Album of the Year); Beethoven’s completeworks for cello and piano with Robert Levin;and the Elgar and Walton concertos with thePhilharmonia Orchestra under Paavo Järvi. Steven’slatest release is the Haydn and C.Ph.E. Bach CelloConcertos with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.For the past twenty years Steven Isserlis has been artisticdirector of the International Musicians Seminar at PrussiaCove, Cornwall. He also enjoys playing for children,and has created three musical stories, with the composerAnne Dudley. His two books for children, publishedby Faber’s, have been translated into many languages;a new book, a commentary on Schumann’s famousAdvice for Young Musicians, has recently been publishedby Faber’s.The recipient of many awards, Steven Isserlis’s honoursinclude a CBE in recognition of his services to musicand the Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau.He gives most of his concerts on the Marquis deCorberon (Nelsova) Stradivarius of 1726, kindly loanedto him by the Royal Academy of Music.