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“Cellist Lynn Harrell gave an assured and virtuosic performance, rendering the score’s more declarative moments with the same unflagging confidence he brings to Romantic solo repertoire. The crowd’s reception went well beyond the polite applause sometimes given to new scores.” Boston Globe, on Premiere of Cello Concerto No.3 by Augusta Reed Thomas, March 2013
"This was a performance of patience and magnanimity, animated when it had to be but chiefly attentive to Schubert's leisurely way of building big statements -- just the right sort for a splendid new concert hall.” Indianapolis Star
"Harrell responds both to the famous elegiac element in [the Elgar Concerto] and to the robust, sinewy and ruddy-cheeked side, both aspects joined on a long, singing through-line. From the opening gesture, Harrell embraced us and didn’t put us down, gently but with a flourish, until the end. His playing was bold, imaginative, and surpassingly sensitive…fully human and rich in detail” The Boston Globe
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.
Mr. 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, Dresden, Leipzig, Tonhalle, and . . . Israel. He has also toured extensively to Australia and New Zealand as well as Asia, 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.
2014 includes celebrations of Lynn Harrell’s 70th year birthday celebrations! Lynn extensively tours in concert around the world to Germany, Brazil, Italy, Australia, Canada (Nova Scotia), and China, making pit stops for recitals, master classes, and chamber music along the way. Within the US, he is featured in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Oregon, Texas, and New York (Carnegie Hall with James Levine). The festivals of Meadowmount, Verbier, Eastern Music, and Aspen will see his return in 2014. Lynn’s relationship with the Aspen Music Festival has spanned over 40 years with consistent re-invitations. A biographical documentary is in the works - Lynn Harrell’s life, with an over 50 year career as concert cellist, is to be commemorated.
In 2015, Lynn will be featured in Moscow with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, as well in recital, and as the head juror of the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition. Lynn Harrell also tours North America with Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Yefim Bronfman piano trio, including appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Orchestral appearances include those with the Atlanta and Detroit symphonies, the Seoul Philharmonic and returns to the Eastern Music where he reprises his Strauss Don Quixote with Gerard Schwartz and a residency in Switzerland's re-known Verbier Festival.
Other recent engagements included concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Frühbeck de Burgos, the Detroit Symphony and Leonard Slatkin, the Edmonton Symphony and William Eddins, and the symphonies of Taiwan and Singapore both with Lan Shui. A European tour with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly brought him to the cities of Leipzig, Paris, and Birmingham. In May of 2013, the 92nd Street Y featured Lynn Harrell with the Tokyo String Quartet in their final New York appearance.
In recent seasons Mr. Harrell has particularly enjoyed collaborating with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianist, André Previn. In January 2004 the trio appeared with the New York Philharmonic performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Maestro Masur. An important part of Lynn Harrell’s life is participation in summer music festivals, which include appearances at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and the US festivals of Aspen, Grand Teton, and Tanglewood.
On April 7, 1994, Lynn Harrell appeared at the Vatican with the Royal Philharmonic in a concert dedicated to the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. As the Vatican’s first official commemoration of the Holocaust, this historic event was attended by both Pope John Paul II and the Chief Rabbi of Rome. That year Mr. Harrell also appeared live at the Grammy Awards with Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, performing an excerpt from their Grammy-nominated recording of the complete Beethoven String Trios (Angel/EMI).
A majorly accomplished recording artist, Lynn Harrell’s extensive discography of more than 30 recordings include the complete Bach Cello Suites (London/Decca), the world-premiere recording of Victor Herbert’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields led by Marriner (London/Decca), the Walton Concerto with Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (EMI), and the Donald Erb Concerto with Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony (New World). Together with Itzhak Perlman and Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mr. Harrell was awarded two Grammy Awards – in 1981 for the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio and in 1987 for the complete Beethoven Piano Trios (both Angel/EMI). Also with Mr. Ashkenazy and Pinchas Zukerman, Mr. Harrell recorded the Schubert Trios (London/Decca), released in February 2000 and the Brahms Trios (EMI) in 1994. His May 2000 recording with Nigel Kennedy, “Duos for Violin & Cello,” received unanimous critical acclaim (EMI). More recently, Mr. Harrell recorded Tchaikovsky’s Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo Theme, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2, and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Gerard Schwarz conducting (Classico).
In June 2010, along with his wife violinist Helen Nightengale, Lynn founded the HEARTbeats Foundation, a 501(c) charity. Based in Los Angeles, the HEARTbeats Foundation strives to help children in need harness the power of music to better cope with, and recover from, the extreme challenges of poverty and conflict. Mr. Harrell serves as a board officer and Artist Ambassador, a capacity that allows him to work directly with children in need.
Mr. Harrell plays a 2008 Dungey cello. He makes his home in Santa Monica, CA.
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PRESS RELEASE: Legendary Names in Classical and Contemporary ...March 27, 2013
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