Steven Isserlis is a cellist whose passion for music transcends conventional divisions. Acclaimed worldwide for his musicality and technique alike, he is equally at home drawing the audience into his circle of friends for chamber music or in recital; delving into the historical archives to emerge with a forgotten gem; or on the concert platform with some of the world's most prestigious orchestras and conductors.
With an award-winning discography, Isserlis' recordings reflect his diverse interests in repertoire. He has made many successful recording including a growing number with Stephen Hough on Hyperion and a disc of children's cello music for BIS Records. The author of the sleeve notes for most of his recordings, Isserlis enjoys writing, and is a regular contributor to leading newspapers and journals. His children's history of the lives of six great composers Why Beethoven Threw the Stew was published by Faber
Further Reading: Steven Isserlis
Recording of the Week,
Steven Isserlis and Olli Mustonen perform cello sonatas by Shostakovich and Kabalevsky
The cello sonatas by Shostakovich and Kabalevsky are given expressive performances by Steven Isserlis and Olli Mustonen, alongside Prokofiev's Ballade and a handful of shorter works.
The cellist talks to David about his new album of eighteenth-century cello concertos, released earlier in the month on Hyperion.