Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster. As a concerto soloist he appears regularly with the world's leading orchestras and conductors, recent engagements including performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Budapest Festival, Philharmonia, Cleveland, Minnesota, Zurich Tonhalle and NHK Symphony Orchestras. He gives recitals every season in major musical centres, working with pianists such as Jeremy Denk, Kirill Gerstein, Stephen Hough, Alexander Melnikov, Olli Mustonen, Mikhail Pletnev, Sir Andras Schiff, Connie Shih, Ferenc Rados and Denes Varjon; and plays with many of the world's leading chamber orchestras, including period-instrument ensembles. Unusually, he also directs chamber orchestras from the cello, in classical programmes. As the New York Times noted, Steven Isserlis' ability to draw large audiences "of palpably engaged listeners is a credit to his estimable skills, enlightened advocacy and communicative powers."
The recipient of many awards, Steven Isserlis's honours include a CBE in recognition of his services to music, and the Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau and is also one of only two living cellists featured in Gramophone's Hall of Fame. A thrilling tour-de-force written for this passionate colorist by Thomas Ades crowns a program of French masterpieces.
DEBUSSY: Cello Sonata
CHOPIN: Cello Sonata
HAHN: Deux improvisations sur des airs irlandais
FAURE: Sonata No. 2
ADES: Lieux retrouves
Presented by San Francisco Performances