Steven Isserlis cello

Acclaimed worldwide for his technique and musicianship, cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician and educator.

He takes a strong interest in authentic performance and has played with many of the foremost period-instrument orchestras; he is also a keen exponent of contemporary music, and has worked with many composers on new commissions since giving the world premiere of John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil at the BBC Proms in 1989.

Highlights of the 2010/11 season include appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra and Ton Koopman, the Philharmonia Orchestra and András Schiff, and the  Vienna Symphony and Thomas Dausgaard; the world premiere of the surviving fragment of Vaughan Williams’s Cello Concerto in a completion by David Matthews at the BBC Proms; and recitals in London and Warsaw with Stephen Hough. In addition he will be Artist in Residence at the Wigmore Hall.

Writing and playing for children is another major interest, and Steven’s books about the lives of the great composers — Why Beethoven Threw the Stew and its sequel, Why Handel Waggled his Wig — are published by Faber and Faber, and have been translated into many languages.

Steven’s recording of the complete Solo Cello Suites by Bach for Hyperion met with the highest critical acclaim, and was Gramophone Magazine’s Instrumental Disc of the Year and Critic’s Choice at the Classical Brits.

Steven was awarded a CBE in 1998 in recognition of his services to music.

Watch Steven Isserlis playing CPE Bach with the AAM


Steven Isserlis's past performances