Steven Isserlis (cellist)

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Steven Isserlis (born 19 December 1958) is a British cellist. An acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, educator, writer and broadcaster, he is widely regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. He is also noted for his diverse repertoire and distinctive sound which is deployed with his use of gut strings.

Isserlis is the recipient of numerous awards including the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award in 1993, the Robert Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau in 2000, and both the Wigmore Hall Medal and Glashütte Original Music Festival Award in 2017. His recordings have garnered two Gramophone Awards, a Classical BRIT Award, a BBC Music Magazine Award, and two Grammy Award nominations among others. He is also one of the only two living cellists inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame.

Isserlis currently plays on the 1726 Marquis de Corberon cello made by Antonio Stradivari on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.

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1985Cello SonatasJohannes Brahms; Steven Isserlis, Peter Evans1
1989Prokofiev: Cello Concertino / Solo Cello Sonata / Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto no. 2Prokofiev, Kabalevsky; Steven Isserlis, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton1
1990Chausson Concert / Ravel TrioErnest Chausson, Maurice Ravel; Joshua Bell, Jean‐Yves Thibaudet, Takács Quartet, Steven Isserlis1
1990Rococo VariationsTchaikovsky; Steven Isserlis, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, John Eliot Gardiner1
1991Britten: Cello Symphony / Bridge: OrationBritten, Bridge; Steven Isserlis, City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox1
1992Tavener: The Protecting Veil / Britten: Cello Suite No 3 / Tavener: ThrinosJohn Tavener, Britten; Steven Isserlis, London Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvenski2
1992Don Quixote / Till Eulenspiegel / Don JuanRichard Strauss; Steven Isserlis, Minnesota Orchestra, Edo de Waart1
1993Cello Concerto no. 1 / Sonata no. 1 / RomancesSaint‐Saëns; London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, Steven Isserlis, Pascal Devoyon41
1994Works for Cello and Piano (Complete)Mendelssohn; Steven Isserlis, Melvyn Tan1
1994Works For Cello And Piano CompleteMendelssohn; Steven Isserlis, Melvyn Tan1
1995Complete Works for CelloFauré; Steven Isserlis, Pascal Devoyon1
1995Forgotten RomanceGrieg, Liszt, Rubinstein; Steven Isserlis, Stephen Hough1
1996Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto / Capricorn ConcertoBarber; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Kyoko Takezawa, Steven Isserlis1
1996Works for Cello & PianoJanáček, Prokofiev, Shostakovich; Steven Isserlis, Olli Mustonen1
1997Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du Temps / Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2Messiaen, Shostakovich; Bell, Isserlis, Mustonen, Collins1
1997SvyatiJohn Tavener; Steven Isserlis1
1997Steven Isserlis Plays SchumannSteven Isserlis1
1998Cello WorldSteven Isserlis with Thomas Adès1
1998Elgar: Cello Concerto / Bloch: Schelomo / Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto no. 2 / Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations / R. Strauss: Don QuixoteElgar, Bloch, Kabalevsky, Tchaikovsky, R. Strauss; Steven Isserlis, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox, London Philharmonic, Andrew Litton, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, John Eliot Gardiner, Minnesota Orchestra, Edo de Waart1
1999Brahms - Frühling: Clarinet Trios / Schumann: Märchenerzählungen / TräumereiBrahms, Frühling, Schumann; Steven Isserlis, Michael Collins, Stephen Hough1
2001Don Quixote op. 35 / Romanze fur violoncello F-dur / Sonate fur Violoncello und Klavier op. 6Richard Strauss; Steven Isserlis, Lorin Maazel, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks1
2001Cello Concerto No. 2 / Cello Sonata No. 2Camille Saint‐Saëns; Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell, Pascal Devoyon, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Christoph Eschenbach1
2003Cello SonatasRachmaninov, Franck; Steven Isserlis, Stephen Hough, Rebecca Evans1
2004Cello SonatasMartinů; Steven Isserlis, Peter Evans1
2005Cello SonatasBrahms; Steven Isserlis, Stephen Hough2
2005Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / La Muse et le Poète / SuiteSaint‐Saëns; Steven Isserlis, London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Christoph Eschenbach51
2007Cello SuitesJohann Sebastian Bach; Steven Isserlis2
2009Fantasiestücke, op. 73 / Adagio and Allegro, op. 70 / Romances, op. 94 / Stücke im Volkston, op. 102 / Violin Sonata no. 3 / AbendliedSchumann; Steven Isserlis, Dénes Várjon1
2010Cello Concertos · Symphony No. 13 · Sinfonia ConcertanteJoseph Haydn; Steven Isserlis, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Sir Roger Norrington1
2010reVisionsClaude Debussy, Sergei Prokofiev, Ernest Bloch, Maurice Ravel; Steven Isserlis, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Gábor Takács‐Nagy1
2012Lieux RetrouvésAdès, Liszt, Fauré, Kurtág, Janáček; Steven Isserlis, Thomas Adès2
2013In the Shadow of War: Schelomo / The Loneliest Wilderness / OrationErnest Bloch, Stephen Hough, Frank Bridge; Steven Isserlis, Deutsches Symphonie‐Orchester Berlin, Hugh Wolff, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Gábor Takács‐Nagy1
2013Cello ConcertosDvořák; Steven Isserlis, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Harding2
2014Cello SonatasBeethoven; Steven Isserlis, Robert Levin2
2014Piano MusicJulius Isserlis; Sam Haywood, Steven Isserlis2
2014Martinů: Cello Sonatas 1-3 / Works by Sibelius and MustonenMartinů, Sibelius, Mustonen; Steven Isserlis, Olli Mustonen2
2014The Protecting VeilJohn Tavener; Steven Isserlis, London Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky1
2015Cello ConcertosProkofiev, Shostakovich; Steven Isserlis, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi2
2015Cello SonatasMendelssohn, Grieg, Hough; Steven Isserlis, Stephen Hough2
2015Gamba SonatasBach, Handel, Scarlatti; Steven Isserlis, Richard Egarr2
2016Cello ConcertosElgar, Walton; Steven Isserlis, Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Järvi2
2016For the Love of BrahmsBrahms; Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Jeremy Denk, Academy of St Martin in the Fields1
2017Cello ConcertosHaydn, CPE Bach; Steven Isserlis, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen2
2017The Cello in WartimeSteven Isserlis, Connie Shih1
2018Chopin: Cello Sonata / Schubert: Arpeggione SonataChopin, Schubert; Steven Isserlis, Dénes Várjon2
2019Shostakovich, Kabalevsky: Cello Sonatas / Prokofiev: BalladeShostakovich, Kabalevsky, Prokofiev; Steven Isserlis, Olli Mustonen2
2020Piano QuintetCésar Franck; Marc-André Hamelin, Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, Nobuko Imai, Steven Isserlis1
2020No Longer Mourn for MeTavener; Steven Isserlis, Matthew Rose, Abi Sampa, Philharmonia Orchestra, Omer Meir Wellber2
2021Music from Proust's SalonsSteven Isserlis, Connie Shih2
2021British Solo Cello MusicBenjamin Britten, Sir William Walton, John Gardner, Frank Merrick, Thomas Adès; Steven Isserlis1
2022A Golden Cello Decade, 1878–1888Steven Isserlis, Connie Shih2

Album + Compilation

1999Cello SonatasDebussy; Poulenc; Franck, Steven Isserlis, Pascal Devoyon1
2005Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto / Piano ConcertoBarber; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Kyoko Takezawa, Steven Isserlis, John Browning1
2009The Protecting Veil / The Last Sleep Of The Virgin / Choral MusicTavener; Steven Isserlis, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, David Hill, Chilingirian Quartet, Winchester Cathedral Choir, London Symphony Orchestra1
2016Steven Isserlis: The Complete RCA RecordingsSteven Isserlis, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Sir Roger Norrington1


2006Children's CelloSteven Isserlis, Stephen Hough2

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