CREMONA MUSICA AWARD 2023 TO THE GREAT BRITISH CELLIST STEVEN ISSERLIS

Award ceremony on September 24

Cremona, September 20th, 2023 – The cultural committee of Cremona Musica International Exhibitions announced the winners of Cremona Musica Awards 2023. For the “performance” category, the Cremona Musica Award goes to British cellist Steven Isserlis, for his outstanding contribution to the interpretation of the cello repertoire: “The Cremona Musica Award has been conferred on Steven Isserlis for his sensitive and passionate interpretations, and for his unceasing dedication to the art of music. His discography is an example and a model for many young musicians who are inspired and enlightened by him”.

In the previous year the award, established in 2014, was assigned to musicians such as Alfred Brendel, Ivry Gitlis, Shlomo Mintz, Maxim Vengerov , who personally came to Cremona to the award ceremony.

The award ceremony with Steven Isserlis will take place at Cremona Musica on Sunday 24 September at 3pm in the Sala Guarneri.

British cellist Steven Isserlis CBE enjoys an international career as a soloist, chamber musician, author, educator, and broadcaster. Equally at home in music from baroque to the present day, he performs with the world’s greatest orchestras, including period ensembles, and has given many world premieres, including works by Sir John Tavener, Thomas Adès and György Kurtág. His vast award-winning discography includes most of the cello repertoire, including the JS Bach suites (Gramophone Instrumental Album of the Year), and Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano. His two books for children about music are among the genre’s most popular ever written and have been translated into many languages.  His latest book is a critically-acclaimed companion to the Bach cello suites, which is published in Italian by Edizioni Curci in September 2023.  Since 1997, he has been Artistic Director of the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove, Cornwall.  He plays the 1726 ‘Marquis de Corberon’ Stradivarius, on loan from the Royal Academy of Music. 

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