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Sol Gabetta Violoncello, Cello

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Sol Gabetta

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The cellist Sol Gabetta was born in Cordoba, Argentina in 1981, the daughter of French-Russian parents. She won her first competition in Argentina at the age of ten and has since won various competitions, including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Natalia Gutman Prize and the ARD competition in Munich. In 2004 she caused international attention at the Lucerne Festival by winning the "Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award", when she made her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev.

From 1992 to 1994 Sol Gabetta was a recipient of a scholarship at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid and eventually went to Switzerland in order to intensify her studies with Ivan Monighetti at the Music Academy in Basel. She took her concert examination in 2006 after further years of studies with David Geringas at the Hanns Eisler College of Music in Berlin.

In recent years Sol Gabetta has given guest performances with the Orchestre National de Radio France, Kremerata Baltica, the Munich Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, the Basel Chamber Orchestra under Christopher Hogwood and Paul McCreesh, the Spanish National Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. In June 2008 she partnered Yo-Yo Ma in Leonard Slatkin's "Dialogue for Two Cellos" with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington conducted by the composer. She was on tour with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Sol Gabetta frequently plays at summer festivals such as the one in Verbier (partnering Joshua Bell and Lars Vogt), at the Rheingau Music Festival and the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival. Sol Gabetta founded the Solsberg Chamber Music Festival in Switzerland and every summer, she gives concerts there with her chamber music partners including Henri Sigfridsson, Mihaela Ursuleasa, the sisters Baiba and Lauma Skride, and Patricia Kopatschinkskaja.

Sol Gabetta's first CD for SONY BMG featuring works by Tchaikovsky and Ginastera, recorded with the Munich Radio Orchestra under Ari Rasilainen, won her the 2007 Echo Klassik Award for Best Instrumentalist. Her second CD with concertos by Vivaldi, together with the Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, was released in September 2007 and went straight into the German classical music charts and stayed there for over six months. September 2008 will see the release of two new albums: one featuring Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 2 with the Munich Philharmonic and the Sonata for Cello & Piano together with the pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa, and a CD entitled "Cantabile" with opera arias by composers like Offenbach, Bizet and Tchaikovsky in new arrangements for cello and orchestra on which Sol Gabetta is accompanied by the Prague Philharmonic under Charles Olivieri-Munroe.

Thanks to a generous private grant from Mr Hans K. Rahn, Sol Gabetta plays one of the rare and precious cellos of G.B. Guadagnini, made in 1759. She has been teaching at the Music Academy in Basel since October 2005.

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