Steven Isserlis Plays Shostakovich



Acclaimed cellist Steven Isserlis returns on April 30 to partner Lan Shui and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for the First Cello Concerto by Shostakovich, a work which combines dizzying virtuosity with passages of melting pathos and beauty. Sponsored by Singapore Airlines, this all-Russian programme also features Tchaikovsky’s tragic masterpiece, the Pathetique Symphony.

Acclaimed worldwide for his technique and musicianship, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator and author. His recording of the complete Solo Cello Suites by J.S. Bach for Hyperion met with the highest critical acclaim, and was Gramophone’s Instrumental Disc of the Year and Critic’s Choice at the Classical Brits.

Steven Isserlis’ books for children about the lives of the great composers – Why Beethoven Threw the Stew and its sequel, Why Handel Waggled his Wig – are published by Faber and Faber. He was awarded a CBE in 1998 in recognition of his services to music, and in 2000 he received the Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau. In 2013 Steven was one of only two living cellists to be inducted into Gramophone’s Hall of Fame.

Date & time

30 April 2015 (Thursday), 7.30pm

Pre-Concert Talk: 6.30pm, library@esplanade


Esplanade Concert Hall


Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Lan Shui, conductor

Steven Isserlis, cello


SHOSTAKOVICH                  Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107 (28’)

TCHAIKOVSKY                     Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 ‘Pathetique’ (46’)

Tickets are available from SISTIC hotline: 6348 5555, website:, SISTIC counters islandwide and Esplanade Box Office.


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