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Cellist Profile: Steven Isserlis

Steven Isserlis; photo by Kevin Davis

Steven Isserlis; photo by Kevin Davis

Honored as a Commander of the British Empire, he specializes in period performance practice (early music), contemporary music; the cello repertoire in general, and in writing children’s books. Steven Isserlis’s recording of the Bach Cello Suites was Gramophone magazine’s Instrumental Disc of the Year, while his story The Little Red Violin (And the Big Bad Cello), with music by Anne Dudley, has an enthusiastic why-beethovenfollowing with the younger set. The fifty-five year old cellist has an infectious enthusiasm and curiosity which leads his followers to unexpected places. His website has a section in which he professes his undying love for the Beatles and for the rarely-performed late works of Robert Schumann. He’s also posted an amusing and devilishly difficult composer quiz; and interviews he’s conducted with other artists, performers of bygone days including a student of Georges Enesco; and the widow of Pablo Casals—Casals was born in 1876 (Casals was 80, she was 18).why_handel_waggled_his_wig

On Thursday, Steven Isserlis will be featured in the 2:00 PM hour in a performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto, part of WFMT’s January feature: the cello.

Steven Isserlis’s recordings and children’s books are available online.



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