Lynn Harrell, cello

Gavin Martin, piano

October 18, 2015, 4 PM

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Distinguished American cellist Lynn Harrell makes his Phillips debut with pianist Gavin Martin. Recipient of the Piatigorsky Award, the inaugural Avery Fisher Prize, and winner of two Grammy Awards, Harrell holds a discography of more than 30 recordings and has performed worldwide with every major orchestra and conductor. 
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
  1. Zart und mit Ausdruck (Tender and with expression)
  2. Lebhaft, leicht (Lively, light)
  3. Rach und mit Feuer (Quick and with fire)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009
  1. Prélude
  2. Allemande
  3. Courante
  4. Sarabande
  5. Bourrée
  6. Bourrée
  7. Gigue
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Cello Sonata (1915)
  1. Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto
  2. Sérénade: Modérément animé
  3. Finale: Animé, léger et nerveux
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 58
  1. Allegro assai vivace
  2. Allegretto scherzando
  3. Adagio
  4. Molto allegro e vivace
Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
Introduction and Polonaise Brillante, Op. 3.

Lynn Harrell’s presence is felt throughout the musical world. A consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher, his work throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia has placed him in the highest echelon of today’s performing artists.

Harrell is a frequent guest of many leading orchestras including Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, and the National Symphony. In Europe he partners with the orchestras of London, Munich, Berlin, Tonhalle, and Israel. He has also toured extensively to Australia and New Zealand as well as the Far East, including Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. In the summer of 1999 Mr. Harrell was featured in a three-week “Lynn Harrell Cello Festival” with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He regularly collaborates with such noted conductors as James Levine, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Zinman. An important part of Lynn Harrell’s life is summer music festivals, which include appearances at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Aspen and Grand Tetons festivals, and the Amelia Island Festival.

Harrell’s experience as an educator is wide and varied. From 1985-93 he held the International Chair for Cello Studies at the Royal Academy in London. Concurrently, from 1988-92, he was Artistic Director of the orchestra, chamber music and conductor training program at the LA Philharmonic Institute. In 1993, he became head of the Royal Academy in London, a post he held through 1995. He has also given master classes at the Verbier and Aspen festivals and in major metropolitan areas throughout the world. Since the start of the 2002-03 academic year, Mr. Harrell has taught cello at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

Lynn Harrell was born in New York to musician parents. He began his musical studies in Dallas and proceeded to the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the first Avery Fisher Award.

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Gavin Martin's musical endeavors brought him to the United States from India, by way of the Royal College of Music in London. He considers his approach to music strongly influenced by the playing of the late Jorge Bolet, and Gary Graffman, two pianists with whom he studied extensively.

Martin has performed in solo recital on all five continents, in addition to touring extensively as a chamber musician. The conductors he has appeared with as soloist include Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, and Zubin Mehta, with whom he made his New York Philharmonic debut in 1985. He has toured under the auspices of the US State Department, and has appeared on the television stations of the BBC, Suisse Romande, and ABC.

Polonaise Brillante in C Major, Op. 3 by Fryderyk Chopin

Performed by Lynn Harrell, cello, and Pauline Yang, piano