The inaugural presentation in the London Cello Society’s pioneering series of online events features LCS Board member and cellist Michael Jameson, in the first of what promises to be an engaging, innovative, and informative calendar of virtual events to be hosted on the Zoom platform.
This presentation, approximately 75 minutes in duration, will profile some of the giants of 20th Century cello-playing through the medium of film, in excerpts and complete performances. The audio and most of the video content has been digitally reprocessed by Michael, and will provide good sound quality through computer speakers or headphones, despite the fact that much of this priceless historical footage pre-dates modern audio-visual recording technology, in some cases by many decades. The presentation also features live supporting commentary introducing each artist with biographical details and career highlights.
The roster of featured cellists encompasses undisputed giants of the art of cello-playing – Casals, Feuermann, Piatigorsky, Shafran, Starker, Fournier, Gendron, Rostropovich, Du Pré, Bylsma, and others. This LCS curtain-raiser promises unique insights into the artistry of some of the greatest cellists in history – we hope you will be able to join us!
A freelance orchestral cellist, Michael Jameson has worked with many UK orchestras, and with famous conductors and soloists including Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mariss Jansons, Marin Alsop, Paul Tortelier, Alfred Brendel, and others. As soloist with community and youth orchestras, he has recently performed both Haydn concertos, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, and Shostakovich’s 1st cello concerto. He was also cellist of the Wessex String Quartet. Michael was the youngest ever contributor to Gramophone magazine, and also appeared on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review. He also collaborated with the 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic on their series of recordings for EMI Classics. He plays on cellos by Joseph Panormo and John Betts, and uses bows by Hill, Simon, Durschmidt and Derek Wilson.