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Steven
Isserlis

Cello

British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a uniquely varied and distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster.

As a concerto soloist he appears with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic and Zürich Tonhalle orchestras. He gives recitals in major musical centres, and plays with many of the world’s foremost chamber orchestras, as well as period-instrument ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Unusually, he also directs chamber orchestras from the cello.

As a keen exponent of contemporary music, Isserlis has premiered new works by John Tavener (including The Protecting Veil), Stephen Hough, Wolfgang Rihm and György Kurtág. Recently he gave the US and UK premieres of Thomas Adès’s Lieux retrouvés with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of the composer.

Further recent highlights include his debut with the Dresden Staatskapelle, appearances with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Vienna Philharmonic and as artist in residence with the Kammerakademie Potsdam. On his 60th birthday on 19 December 2018, Steven Isserlis was joined by his close musical friends Radu Lupu, András Schiff, Connie Shih, Ferenc Rados, Joshua Bell and Simon Keenlyside. In June 2019 Isserlis performed with Radu Lupu at the legendary pianist’s final concert, directing the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 23, K488.

Writing and playing for children is another major enthusiasm. He has written three musical stories for and has given many concerts for children. His books for children about Handel and Beethoven have been translated into multiple languages.

As an educator Steven Isserlis gives frequent masterclasses all around the world.

British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a uniquely varied and distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster.

As a concerto soloist he appears with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic and Zürich Tonhalle orchestras. He gives recitals in major musical centres, and plays with many of the world’s foremost chamber orchestras, as well as period-instrument ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Unusually, he also directs chamber orchestras from the cello.

As a keen exponent of contemporary music, Isserlis has premiered new works by John Tavener (including The Protecting Veil), Stephen Hough, Wolfgang Rihm and György Kurtág. Recently he gave the US and UK premieres of Thomas Adès’s Lieux retrouvés with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of the composer.

Further recent highlights include his debut with the Dresden Staatskapelle, appearances with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Vienna Philharmonic and as artist in residence with the Kammerakademie Potsdam. On his 60th birthday on 19 December 2018, Steven Isserlis was joined by his close musical friends Radu Lupu, András Schiff, Connie Shih, Ferenc Rados, Joshua Bell and Simon Keenlyside. In June 2019 Isserlis performed with Radu Lupu at the legendary pianist’s final concert, directing the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 23, K488.

Writing and playing for children is another major enthusiasm. He has written three musical stories for and has given many concerts for children. His books for children about Handel and Beethoven have been translated into multiple languages.

As an educator Steven Isserlis gives frequent masterclasses all around the world.