Cellist

September 21, 2020. "Beauty will save the world." Those are the words of cellist Camille Thomas, whose new album, Voice of Hope, speaks to this very idea. This album concept, at first glance, might have been at risk of feeling overly saccharine. It turns out, it’ll take no more than nine seconds before the opening Kaddish by Ravel pulls you in and you know this is no lightweight endeavor from Thomas.

June 1, 2020. Complices is the title of our Classical Album of the Week, and for the non-Francophiles among us, that translates to "accomplices" or "partners." So, you may be wondering—who are these accomplices? Everybody I asked about this assumed what I did—that it must refer to the two featured artists themselves, cellist Jean Guihen Queyras and his collaborator, pianist Alexandre Tharaud.

Jason Bell

Leave it to Yo-Yo Ma to propose a special, live studio broadcast of all six of J.S. Bach’s unaccompanied cello suites, in memory of those lost during the pandemic, in tribute to those who are on the front lines during this struggle—and honoring the resilience of us all.

Updated Wednesday at 10:29 a.m.

Cellist Lynn Harrell, one of the finest and most prominent American classical musicians of his generation, has died. He was 76 years old.

His death was initially announced by his wife, violinist Helen Nightengale, on social media. She did not disclose the cause of his death. In a statement provided Wednesday by Columbia Artists, the company that managed Harrell, Nightengale said that the cellist's death was unexpected.

Teresa Tam Studio

Join us on Tuesday, October 1st at 12:10 PM when cellist Juliana Soltis, praised for her "fierce displays of technique, her impassioned rhetoric'"(Gramophone) visits the WRTI Performance Studio with WRTI Host Susan Lewis in advance of a performance at Philadelphia's Christ Church Neighborhood House. Her new CD explores "the long-lost tradition of spontaneous improvisation" in the Bach cello suites.

June 17, 2019. For a guy associated with the levity and comedic flourish of 19th-century French operetta (think Moulin Rouge and the "can-can"), Jacques Offenbach and his “militaire” cello concerto may come as a bit of a surprise to some classical listeners.

Courtesy of the artist

Listen to a live performance from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio by cellist Timotheos Petrin, an Astral artist. WRTI's Debra Lew Harder was host and accompanied Tim at the piano. This dynamic, young Greek cellist presented a program of lyricism, lush harmony, and energy.

A winner of Astrals' 2013 National Auditions and the Sphinx Competition, Colombian-American cellist Christine Lamprea has earned acclaim for her "supreme panache and charmingly effortless phrasing" (Boston Musical Intelligencer.) Christine visited WRTI 90.1 with pianist Navah Perlman on Feb. 5. They performed music of Schumann and Debussy, and chatted with host Kevin Gordon.

September 24, 2018. Ever since Leonard Bernstein introduced him to televeision audiences as a 7-year-old prodigy, cellist Yo-Yo Ma has captured the public’s imagination over a 50-plus year career. From concert stage appearances, to Sesame Street, to American Presidential inaugurations, Yo-Yo Ma is a shining presence everywhere. Our album of the week showcases why.

Lars Borges

When Britain’s Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle took their wedding vows on May 19th, a 19-year-old cellist added to the musical pageantry of the royal ceremony.  Sheku Kanneh-Mason caught the attention of Prince Harry last June while playing at a charity event in London.  Now he’s graduating to a worldwide stage.   

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