Cellists

  • Paul watkins
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    Paul Watkins

    Paul Watkins is a Welsh cellist and conductor. He studied with William Pleeth, Melissa Phelps and Johannes Goritzki and at the age of 20 was appointed Principal Cellist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has performed regularly with all the majo

  • Mstislav rostropovich
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    Mstislav Rostropovich

    During the post-war period few musical virtuosi attained world fame as rapidly as the Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. Born the son of a cellist in the Azerbaijani province of Baku, 1927, Rostropovich started to teach

  • Truls mork
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    Truls Mørk

    The Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk grew up in Bergen in a musical family, his father a cellist and his mother a pianist. At the age of 17 he began studying with Frans Helmerson and would later receive tuition from the Austrian cellist Heinrich Sch

  • Yo yo ma
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    Yo-Yo Ma

    Born in Paris to Chinese parents, Yo-Yo Ma's prodigious talents persuaded his family to move to New York to allow their son to attend the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Leonard Rose. Determined to widen his experiences, however, the cosmopoli

  • Julian lloyd webber
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    Julian Lloyd-Webber

    Julian Lloyd-Webber studied at the Royal College of Music in London and in Geneva with Pierre Fournier. He has collaborated with an array of musicians including Yehudi Menuhin, Lorin Maazel and Sir Georg Solti, and premiered mor

  • Steven isserlis
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    Steven Isserlis

    Steven Isserlis was born into a musical family in London, 1958. From 1976 to 1978 Isserlis studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Richard Kapuscinski and has cited Daniil Shafran, who he first met when interviewing the Russi

  • Gary hoffman
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    Gary Hoffman

    Gary Hoffman was born into a family of musicians in Vancouver, Canada in 1956. He made his public debut at Wigmore Hall in London at the age of 15 before giving his first concert in New York in 1979. At the age of 22, he became the youngest

  • Sol gabetta
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    Sol Gabetta

    An Argentine cellist of French and Russian descent, Sol Gabetta rose to prominence after winning the Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2004. She followed this success with her debut performance with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Valery Gergie

  • Jacqueline du pre
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    Jacqueline du Pré

    Described by Itzhak Perlman as ‘one of the most unique musical personalities ever to perform on stage,’ Jacqueline du Pré is regarded to be among the greatest cellists of the twentieth century. Born in Oxford in 1945, her musical ed

  • David finckel
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    David Finckel

    American cellist David Finckel began his musical studies with his father, Edwin Finckel, making his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations aged 15. From 1979 to 2013 he was the cellist of the Emerson Strin