Willem Stam

Canadian/Dutch Cellist Willem Stam was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. In 2006 he moved to The Netherlands where he completed his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under the guidance of Dmitry Ferschtman. Willem regularly performs a large variety of different styles and genres of music including continuous work with living composers. Hе performs regularly as soloist, chamber musician, and conductor in a large variety of ensembles and settings.

In 2016 Willem became the Artistic Coordinator of Aurora Music.

He is also the founding cellist of the Ysaÿe Trio, an ensemble that released its first CD of trios by Beethoven and Ysaÿe in 2013 and it’s second CD of symphonic arrangements of works by Beethoven and Mahler for piano quartet in 2015. Willem is also a founding member of the New European Ensemble, a state-sponsored ensemble based in the Hague which has performed extremely varied projects, worked with a lot of new music, and organized social outreach projects all over Europe.

Willem studied in Canada with Beth Sandvoss and John Kadz. He has played for and worked with many of the worlds leading cellists and pedagogues and brings this background into his own teaching including masterclasses given in Canada, South America, and Europe. Willem teaches privately at home and through the internet where he regularly gives masterclasses and lessons to cellists around the globe.

Willem plays a Stefano Scarampella cello (Mantova, 1918) made available by the National Instrument Foundation of The Netherlands.

 

Truls Mørk

 

Truls Mørk’s compelling performances, combining fierce intensity, integrity and grace, have established him as one of the pre-eminent cellists of our time.

 

He is a celebrated artist who performs with the most distinguished orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, Philharmonia and London Philharmonic orchestras and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. In North America he has appeared withthe New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor collaborations include Mariss Jansons, David Zinman, Manfred Honeck, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Christoph Eschenbach, amongst others.

 

During the 2016/17 season Truls Mørk will be Artist-in-Residence with the Gothenburg Symphony   which will include both concerto performances and chamber music. He continues to give regular recitals at major venues and festivals throughout the world – he was one of the featured artists at the 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles and will return to the Verbier Festival in 2017.

 

A great champion of contemporary music, Truls Mørk has given in excess of 30 premieres. These include Rautavaara’s Towards the Horizon with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/John Storgårds, Pavel Haas’ Cello Concerto with Wiener Philharmoniker/Jonathan Nott, Krzysztof Penderecki’s Concerto for Three Cellos with the NHK Symphony Orchestra/Charles Dutoit and Haflidi Hallgrimsson’s Cello Concerto, co-commissioned by the Oslo Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony and Scottish Chamber orchestras.

 

With an impressive recording output, Truls Mørk has recorded many of the great cello concertos for labels such as Virgin Classics, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Ondine, Arte Nova and Chandos many of which have won international awards including Gramophone, Grammy, Midem and ECHO Klassik awards. These include Dvořák’s Concerto (Mariss Jansons/Oslo Philharmonic), Britten’s Cello Symphony and Elgar’s Concerto (Sir Simon Rattle/CBSO), Miaskovsky Concerto and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante (Paavo Järvi/CBSO), Dutilleux (Myung-Whun Chung/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France), CPE Bach (Bernard Labadie/Les Violons du Roy), Haydn’s Concertos (Iona Brown/Norwegian Chamber Orchestra), Rautavaara’s Towards the Horizon (John Storgårds/Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra) as well as the complete Bach Cello Suites and Britten Cello Suites. His most recent recordings include Shostakovich’s Concertos with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko, works for cello and orchestra by Massenet with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Neeme Järvi and the Saint-Saens Concertos together with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Neeme Järvi.

 

Initially taught by his father, Truls Mørk continued his studies with Frans Helmerson, Heinrich Schiff and Natalia Schakowskaya. In his early career he won a number of competitions such as the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition (1982), Cassado Cello Competition in Florence (1983), the Unesco Prize at the European Radio-Union competition in Bratislava (1983) and the Naumberg Competition in New York (1986).

 

Lynn Harrell

Lynn Harrell’s presence is felt throughout the musical world. A consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher, his work throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia has placed him in the highest echelon of today’s performing artists.

Mr. Harrell is a frequent guest of many leading orchestras including Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, and the National Symphony. In Europe he partners with the orchestras of London, Munich, Berlin, Tonhalle and Israel. He has also toured extensively to Australia and New Zealand as well as the Far East, including Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In the summer of 1999 Mr. Harrell was featured in a three-week “Lynn Harrell Cello Festival” with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He regularly collaborates with such noted conductors as James Levine, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson Thomas and David Zinman.

In recent seasons Mr. Harrell has particularly enjoyed collaborating with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianist, André Previn. In January 2004 the trio appeared with the New York Philharmonic performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Maestro Masur conducting.

An important part of Lynn Harrell’s life is summer music festivals, which include appearances at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Aspen and Grand Tetons festivals, and the Amelia Island Festival.

On April 7, 1994, Lynn Harrell appeared at the Vatican with the Royal Philharmonic in a concert dedicated to the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. The audience for this historic event, which was the Vatican’s first official commemoration of the Holocaust, included Pope John Paul II and the Chief Rabbi of Rome. That year Mr. Harrell also appeared live at the Grammy Awards with Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, performing an excerpt from their Grammy-nominated recording of the complete Beethoven String Trios (Angel/EMI).

Highlights from an extensive discography of more than 30 recordings include the complete Bach Cello Suites (London/Decca), the world-premiere recording of Victor Herbert’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields led by Marriner (London/Decca), the Walton Concerto with Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (EMI), and the Donald Erb Concerto with Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony (New World). Together with Itzhak Perlman and Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mr. Harrell was awarded two Grammy Awards – in 1981 for the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio and in 1987 for the complete Beethoven Piano Trios (both Angel/EMI). A recording of the Schubert Trios with Mr. Ashkenazy and Pinchas Zukerman (London/Decca) was released in February 2000. His May 2000 recording with Kennedy, “Duos for Violin & Cello,” received unanimous critical acclaim (EMI). Most recently, Mr. Harrell recorded Tchaikovsky’s Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo Theme, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2, and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Gerard Schwarz conducting (Classico).

Lynn Harrell’s experience as an educator is wide and varied. From 1985-93 he held the International Chair for Cello Studies at the Royal Academy in London. Concurrently, from 1988-92, he was Artistic Director of the orchestra, chamber music and conductor training program at the L.A. Philharmonic Institute. In 1993, he became head of the Royal Academy in London, a post he held through 1995. He has also given master classes at the Verbier and Aspen festivals and in major metropolitan areas throughout the world. Since the start of the 2002-03 academic year, Mr. Harrell has taught cello at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

Lynn Harrell was born in New York to musician parents. He began his musical studies in Dallas and proceeded to the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the first Avery Fisher Award.

In June, 2010  along with his wife, violinist Helen Nightengale, he founded the HEARTbeats Foundation, a 501(c) charity. Based in Los Angeles, the HEARTbeats Foundation strives to help children in need harness the power of music to better cope with, and recover from, the extreme challenges of poverty and conflict, in hope of creating a more peaceful, sustainable world for generations to come. Mr. Harrell serves as a board officer and Artist Ambassador, a capacity that allows him to work directly with children in in need.

He makes his home in Santa Monica, CA

Natalia Gutman

Natalia Gutman is one of the world’s most esteemed musicians, often referred to by audiences and critics alike as the “Queen of the Cello”.

Her prestige is reflected in the many distinguished awards she holds: National Artist of the USSR (1991), the State Prize of Russian Federation (2000), “Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse” of the Federal Republic of Germany (2005), the Shostakovich Prize (2002 and 2013), the Triumph Award (2002), Fellow of the Royal College of Music London (2010), Musikpreis des Verbandes der Deutschen Konzertdirektionen (2012), Premio NEM in Florence(2014).

After graduating from Galina Kozolupova’s class at the Moscow Conservatoire, Gutman continued her postgraduate studies with Mstislav Rostropovich at the Leningrad Conservatoire. Already before completing the course in June 1968, Rostropovich had invited her to join the pedagogical staff at the Moscow Conservatoire.

From 1959 she participated in various international competitions, winning that year the Gold medal at the Vienna Youth Festival, then First Prize at the International Dvorak Competition in Prague in 1961 and 3rd prize at Tchaikovsky Competition in 1962. In 1967 together with her Duo partner, the pianist Alexei Nasedkin, Gutman was awarded First Prize at the Munich ARD Competition.

1969 she made her brilliant American debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall, playing Bloch’s Schelomo and Prokofiev’s Concertino under Maestro Leopold Stokowksi. On her return to Moscow, the Russian authorities imposed a ban on Gutman’s travel abroad, and she was unable to pursue her international career for 10 years. In Russia nevertheless Gutman’s solo career flourished, and she performed and recorded with the most renowned Soviet conductors such as Kondrashin, Svetlanov, Rozhdestvensky and Temirkanov.

As an enthusiast of chamber music she formed an important musical relationship with the exceptional violinist Oleg Kagan, who became her husband. Together they formed a Trio with Svyatoslav Richter, who also frequently acted as Natalia’s Duo partner. The group was extended to a Piano Quartet whith Yuri Bashmet and Piano Quintet with Viktor Tretiakov. Together they explored the whole chamber music repertoire. Gutman and Kagan’s remarkable interpretation of Brahms double concerto, as well as much of the classical repertoire were highly acclaimed. They also commissioned many composers as Sofiya Gubaidulina, Edison Denisov, Vasily Lobanov and Tigran Mansuryan to write for them. In the late 1970s and early 1980s Alfred Schnittke dedicated a series of works to Gutman and Kagan, including the First Cello Sonata, the Concerto Grosso no 2 for violin and cello (1981), and the first cello Concerto (1984/5).

Finally in December 1978 Gutman was granted permission to travel again outside the Soviet Union, and to resume her international career. Since she playing at the most prestigious halls throughout Europe under such great conductors as Serge Celibidache, Yuri Aronovich, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kurt Mazur, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Gustavo Dudamel. The special musical relationship she built up with Claudio Abbado since the early 1980s has resulted in many performances with him, with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the European Comunity Youth Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler orchestra, and the Mozart Orchestra. From 1992 – 2002 together with Abbado Gutman directed the “Berliner Begegnungen” chamber series in Berlin.

Over the years Gutman has made innumerable recordings of both Concerts of Shostakovich with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov (RCA Victor), Dvorak Concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch (EMI), Schnittke Concert No.1 and Schumann Concert with London Philharmonic Orchestra under Kurt Masur and in 2007 another version of Schumann Concert with Claudio Abbado and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Together with Maria Michel-Bayerle she initiated the Live Classics Recording Company in order to publish the many live concert recordings made with Sviatoslav Richter, Oleg Kagan, Eliso Virsaladze, Yuri Bashmet, Vasily Lobanov, Eduard Brunner and many others.

Currently Gutman holds Professorships at the Moscow Conservatoire, at the Private University of Vienna, and the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (in Italy). Her time is largely divided between giving performances throughout Europe, the Far East, South America and the USA as soloist with orchestras, with Bach’s Suites, duo recitals and chamber music with her Piano Trio(Sviatoslav Moroz, violin and Dmitry Vinnik, piano). She is also much in demand world-wide as a distinguished teacher of master classes.

 

www.nataliagutman.com

Mischa Maisky

Mischa Maisky has the distinction of being the only cellist in the world to have

studied with both Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky.

Rostropovich has lauded Mischa Maisky as ”…

one of the most outstanding talents of the younger generation

of cellists.  His playing combines poetry and exquisite delicacy

with great temperament and brilliant technique.”

 

Born in Latvia, educated in Russia, after his repatriation to Israel, Mischa Maisky has been enthusiastically received in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, New York and Tokyo, along with the rest of the major music centers.

He considers himself as a citizen of the world: „I’m playing an Italian cello, with French and German bows, Austrian and German strings, my daughter was born in France, my oldest son in Belgium, the middle one in Italy and the youngest one in Switzerland, I’m driving a Japanese car, wear a Swiss watch, an Indian necklace and I feel at home everywhere where people appreciate and enjoy classical music.“

As an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist during the last 25 years he made well over 30 recordings with such orchestras as Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orpheus und Chamber Orchestra of Europe and others.

One of the highlights in his career was the year 2000 – it was mainly devoted to a world-wide Bach tour which included over 100 concerts! In order to express his deep admiration for this great composer, Mischa Maisky has recorded Bach’s Solo Suites for the third time.

His recordings have enjoyed world-wide critical acclaim and have been awarded five times the prestigious Record Academy Prize in Tokyo, three times Echo Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Grand Prix du Disque in Paris and Diapason d’Or of the Year as well as the coveted Grammy nominations.

Truly a world-class musician and regular guest in most major International Festivals he collaborated with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev and Gustavo Dudamel and his partnerships have included artists as Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Nelson Freire, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Peter Serkin, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen to name just a few.

Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt

During his studies with Aldo Parisot at the Juilliard School in New York and with David Geringas at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt won the First Prizes at the German National Music Competition in Bonn, at the 1st International Adam Cello Competition in New Zealand, and at the International Music Competitions in Bayreuth and Markneukirchen / Germany. He was awarded the ”Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris” at the International Rostropovitch Competition in Paris where the international jury was headed by Mstislav Rostropovitch ( also the prize for contemporary music ). He is also a prize winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and at the International Leonard Rose Cello Competition in the USA.

Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt has performed in Europe, Russia, Asia and the USA as soloist with such prestigious orchestras as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Slovenian RTV Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Houston and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras as well as the
Prague Philharmonia under the batons of Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowski, Yutaka Sado, Gerd Albrecht, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jiri Belohlavek, Vassili Sinaiski, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Andrey Boreyko, Hugh Wolff, Michael Sanderling, Gabriel Feltz, Fabrice Bollon and Markus Poschner.

Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt has also performed in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Philharmonie am Gasteig and the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Theatre du Champs Elysee, the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, the Wigmore Hall London, the Carnegie Hall and the Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Rudolfinum Prague as well as in the Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

He devotes himself to chamber music and has already performed together with such renowned artists as Lang Lang, Christoph Eschenbach, Emanuel Ax, Gil Shaham, Nicolaj Znaider, Leonidas Kavakos, Kyoko Takezawa, Miriam Fried, Edgar Meyer and David Shifrin. From 2000-2002 he was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center in New York and together with Jens Peter Maintz he forms the cello duo ”Cello Duello”.

His first CD for Sony Classical French Impressions was released in autumn 2001. The second in 2004 – all cello concertos by Sergei Prokofiev followed by the cello concertos by Schumann and Elgar in April 09 (Sony Classical). For Capriccio he recorded Bloch’s ”Voice in the Wilderness” with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.

Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt plays on a cello made by Matteo Goffriller which previously belonged to Hugo Becker.

Valter Despalj

Valter Despalj was born into a Croatian family of professional musicians. He graduated from the Juilliard School where he studied the cello with Leonard Rose. He also took masterclasses with Pablo Casals, Pierre Fournier and André Navarra, and did a two years graduate study with Galina Kozolupova at the Moscow Conservatory.

As a solist Valter Despalj has performed all over the world at major venues such as Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Sydney Opera House and Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam. He is professor at the Zagreb Academy of Music and guest professor at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and Conservatory af Amsterdam, and is well known for his unique results as a teacher.

A steady stream of international competition winners have come from his classes in Zagreb. His cello studies and transcriptions have been published by major music publishers, and he is an often used jury member at the most prestigious interational competitions including Tchaikovsky (Moscow), Bach (Leipzig) and ARD (Munich)

Torleif Thedéen

Torleif Thedéen is one of the most highly regarded musicians in Scandinavia. He gained international recognition in 1985 by winning three of the worlds most prestigious cello competitions.

Since then he has been giving concerts all over the world. Thedéen regularly plays not only with all the leading orchestras in Scandinavia, but also with some of the world’s major orchestras, – among them the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Israel Sinfonietta – under conductors like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Berglund, Neeme Järvi, Franz Welser-Möst, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Leif Segerstam, and Eri Klas.

Torleif Thedéen is also active as a chamber musician, and as such appears in prestigious concert venues worldwide such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He often participates in prestigious Music Festivals, among them the Verbier Festival (2007), Prague Spring Festival, the festival in Schleswig-Holstein, festivals in in Bordeaux, Oslo, Bath, Stavanger and Kuhmo.

Since 1986 Thedéen has recorded numerous CD’s for BIS, featuring standard repertoire works as well as contemporary music. His CD with the Shostakovich Cello Concertos won the Cannes Classical Award in 1995, and his recording of J.S. Bach’s Solo Suites for solo cello was highly received when it was released in 2000 (Editor’s choice in BBC Music Magazine, Nov 2001). In 2002 his recording of Dvorak’s cello concerto was released.

In 05/06 he made a very successful debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic (Schumann), he has toured with soloists like Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen to European festivals, and returned to New Zeeland, and Australia in 06/07. He also toured Scandinavia and England with the Musica Vitae chamber orchestra from Sweden in Oct 2006.

In 07/08 Mr Thedéen has toured extensively worldwide with Janine Jansen & Maxim Rysanov, following their recording made by DECCA. He performed with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra in Nov 07.

08/09 he has successfully performed witn London Philharmonic Orchestra (Mario Venzago) in London, toured with the BBC Wales SO, and recorded for cpo with NDR Orchestra in Hannover, Germany. He performed in Musikverein in Vienna, as a soloist in Beethovens Tripple Concerto with Wiener Symphoniker (Jan 09), and in France with Orchestre Philharmonique de Bordeaux. In 2009 he is again invited back to the Chamber Music Festival in Verbier, Switzerland.

09/10 includes a.o. a Gala Concert in Geneva (Beethoven Triple Concerto with Vienna Symphony), as well as returns to the Stockholm Philharmonic (Kamu) and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Saraste), and Helsinki Philharmonic (Storgaards). In 2011 he will perform Dutilleux Cello Concerto with Stuttgart Philh.

Torleif Thedéen was appointed Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen in 1992. Since 1996 he is Professor at the Edsberg Music Institute in Stockholm.

He plays the ex-Lynn Harrel cello by David Techler from 1711.
Sept. 2009

Copenhagen Artists represents Torleif Thedéen in Denmark.

Sevak Avanesyan

After brilliantly finishing his studies with Medea Abrahamyan and Viviane Spanoghe, Sevak Avanesyan has been taught by such artists as Janos Starker, Maria Kliegel and Gary Hofmann. Since 2010, he is studying at the Hans Eisler Hochschule in Berlin, in the class of Claudio Bohorquez.

Sevak Avanesyan has performed all over the world, both as a soloist or chamber musician. He was a guest of, among others, the Salle Gaveau (Paris), the Sidney Opera House (Australia) and the Ford Hall in Toronto.He plays on a “Matteo Goffriller” cello, lent to him by Mischa Maisky

Robert Cohen

Following his Royal Festival Hall debut at the age of 12, Robert Cohen burst onto the international scene at the age of 19 with a recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto which earned a silver disc and placed him at the forefront of his musical generation. Subsequently he has consolidated an award-winning discography ranging from solo Bach, (and the Schubert Quintet with the Amadeus Quartet for DGG) to the concertos of Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Beamish and HK Gruber and a comprehensive British series for DECCA.

The creative give-and-take of the concert hall remains Cohen’s first love however. As a busy performing artist his career takes him to the USA, Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Japan and the UK. He has performed with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Maris Jansons, Riccardo Muti and Sir Simon Rattle and his enthusiasm for chamber music provides the bedrock of the Charleston Manor Festival, which he has directed since 1989.

Cohen’s passionate and articulate views on the art of learning, performing and communicating music have stimulated illuminating masterclasses and have been widely broadcast and published. He is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano.

In November 2009, Cohen gave the world premiere of Sally Beamish’s Cello Concerto No.2 ”The Song Gatherer. Co-commissioned by the Minnesota and Hallé Orchestras, the piece was specially written to mark Cohen’s 50th birthday. Osmo Vänskä conducted the Minneapolis first performance and Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé will give the UK premiere in December 2010.

Cohen has also recently launched two new ventures: ”Robert Cohen’s Cello Clinic” (www.celloclinic.com), is a unique personal service giving musicians access to in-depth, specialist diagnosis and resolution of physical and performing issues; Cohen Pod Talks, (www.cohenpodtalks.com) offers a ground breaking series of podcasts in which Cohen talks to leading figures in the arts, politics and business.

Cohen was recently invited by eminent film producer Don Boyd to become ‘Curator’ of a classical music channel of HiBrow.TV, a new arts based internet global website to be launched in Spring 2010.

As soloist, conductor, chamber musician and inspirational teacher, Robert Cohen’s music-making takes him all over the world; holding, as ‘The Guardian’ observed, audiences ”in the palm of his hand”.

He plays the ‘Ex Roser’ cello by David Tecchler. Rome 1723.