James Kreger

Internationally acclaimed as one of the foremost cellists of his generation, James Kreger first gained worldwide attention in 1974 at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, where he was the top American prizewinner and judges and audiences hailed his playing as “amazingly poetical and technically superb.”

Critics have frequently commented on qualities that set Kreger apart from other cellists, citing his “broad range of expressive nuance” and his deep emotional conviction, allied to a “total command of the instrument” (The New York Times)...

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Li-Wei Qin

An exclusive Universal Music China Artist, Li-Wei Qin has appeared all over the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician. ‘Li-Wei drew the audience in with his artistry, his brilliant virtuosity and his very refined musicality and sincerity of interpretation’ was the description of the cellist following his performance at the 11th Tchaikovsky International Competition where he was awarded the Silver Medal. He has since won the First Prize in the prestigious 2001 Naumburg Competition in New York.
Li-Wei has enjoyed successful artistic collaborations with the Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Janowski, London Philharmonic and Bostock, Prague Symphony and Wit, BBC Philharmonic and Totelier, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Van Zweden, Osaka Philharmonic and Belohlavek, Melbourne Symp...

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Nicholas Gold

Cellist Nicholas Gold has been the winner of many diverse competitions and awards throughout the United States. The classical Voice of New England describes his playing as “…precise and assured, seeming impeccable… He’s clearly a musician to watch.” Some of the awards he has won include University of Massachusetts concerto competition, Huntsville Symphony young artists competition, Ruth Cole Weber Scholarship, and he was named the 2004 Brevard Music Center’s Outstanding Artist. While attending The University of Massachusetts, Nicholas was honored with the title “Dean’s Scholar.” The Dean created this specific scholarship in order for Nicholas to attend the University without any monetary stipulation. In addition, the Chancellor also awarded him with the much sought after “Talent Award...

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Jamie Walton

“This new version [Shostakovich’s 2nd Cello Concerto], I am convinced–after studying it in detail over several weeks–is, overall, the finest yet put on record. One of the more remarkable and admirable aspects of Walton’s playing is his deep and penetrating musical maturity…This issue stands alongside Walton’s earlier fine CD of Elgar and Myaskovsky concertos as outstanding examples of superb music-making.” International Record Review: Robert Matthew Walker

Jamie Walton was born in Germany before moving back to the UK at an early age. Noted for his rich, powerful sound with purity of tone and emotionally engaging performances he was one of the great teacher William Pleeth’s last students who said of him: “He is a cellist of outstanding performance ability...

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Robert deMaine

Praised by The New York Times as “an artist who makes one hang on every note,” Robert deMaine has distinguished himself as one of the finest and most versatile cellists of his generation, having performed to critical acclaim as soloist, recitalist, orchestral principal, recording artist, and chamber musician throughout the world, from the stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, and Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall. A first-prize winner in many national and international competitions from the time he was 12 years old, deMaine became, in 1990, the first cellist ever to win San Francisco’s prestigious Irving M...

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Kristin Rule

Kristin Rule was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1976. Shortly after her birth, her family returned to Australia, their country of origin. She grew up in Melbourne and began playing the Cello at age twelve and later took up the Saxophone at age fourteen. She cites her early music influences as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Jacqueline Du Pre, Debussy, Stravinsky and Rostropovich.

Kristin completed her Bachelor of Music Majoring in Composition, at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2000. In the first year of her study, 1997, she received the Peers Coetmore Scholarship for Cellists, which enabled her to fund a trip to St Petersburg, Russia, for the World Cello Conference where she met one of her greatest influences, the Cellist Maestro, Mstislav Rostropovich...

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Dr. Maxim Kozlov

“…Maxim Kozlov’s performance of the Elgar’s cello concerto with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra was worthy of being heard in any international city in the world”, wrote Henry Fogel, President and CEO of League of American Orchestras.

Maxim Kozlov has wide international solo and orchestral experience, having performed as a soloist and the Principal Cellist with internationally renowned Chamber Orchestra “Kremlin”, which is based in Moscow, Russia. With this orchestra, he gave over 700 concerts in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe, as well as South Korea and China.

In 2001 he participated in “Polyphony of the World”, where he was invited to join “Kremerata Baltica” after a personal invitation from its Artistic Director, Gidon Kremer.

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Alexander Kok

Alexander Kok (also known as Bobby) was only nineteen when he was recruited for the first rehearsal of the legendary Philharmonia Orchestra, where he suddenly found himself in the world of experienced professionals. His career brought him into contact with many of the giants of the musical world. He fell in love with France while studying with Fournier and Casals and retired to Normandy at the end of his playing career. Using his accumulated knowledge he created a building in France with a perfect acoustic. There he provides coaching and rehearsal/recording space for talented young professional performers.

Chronology:

1926 Born in Brakpan, near Johannesburg, Transvaal.
1931 Moved to Johannesburg.
1932 Myron Kok Born.
1935 Given a cello made by a local carpenter which was too big...
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Fred Sherry

A pioneer and a visionary in the music world, cellist FRED SHERRY has introduced audiences on five continents and all fifty United States to the music of our time through his close association with today’s composers. Elliott Carter, Mario Davidovsky, Steven Mackey, David Rakowski, Somei Satoh, Charles Wuorinen and John Zorn have written concertos for Sherry which he has performed with orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, Municipal Orchestra of Buenos Aires, BBC Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, New World Symphony and RAI Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale.  Mr...

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Brinton Averil Smith

Praised by New York Newsday for “extraordinary musicianship…forceful, sophisticated and entirely in the spirit of the music,” American cellist Brinton Averil Smith’s performances have elicited rave reviews around the world, praising virtuosic performances and musical ideals rooted in the golden age of string playing. Smith’s debut recording of Miklós Rózsa’s Cello Concerto with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra on Koch Classics won widespread international critical acclaim, including the annual Gramophone Awards Issue which praised Smith as a “hugely eloquent, impassioned soloist,” and continued, “The sheer bravura of Smith’s reading is infectious.” His recording of Fauré’s Piano Trio and Après un Rêve with Gil Shaham was selected as one of BBC Music magazine’s best albu...

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