大提琴家│史蒂芬‧伊瑟利斯

 

伊瑟利斯的音樂世界以及音樂本身存在無限的豐富。

                   ~留聲機雜誌

 

英國大提琴家史蒂芬‧伊瑟利斯以超卓音樂造詣聞名於世,身兼獨奏家、室內樂音樂家、教育家、作家,以及廣播人等多重身分。

伊瑟利斯以其協奏曲獨奏家身分,經常性地與世界各地一流交響樂團及指揮合作。近期邀約包括柏林愛樂、布達佩斯節慶管弦樂團、愛樂管弦樂團、克里夫蘭管弦樂團、明尼蘇達管弦樂團、NHK交響樂團等。伊瑟利斯每年亦於世界主要音樂廳舉辦獨奏會,合作的鋼琴家包含傑洛米‧登克、基里耳‧格斯坦、史蒂芬‧賀夫、亞歷山大‧梅尼可夫、奧利‧穆斯托年、米哈伊爾‧普雷特涅夫、安德拉斯‧席夫、康妮‧施、德納.瓦榮等人。伊瑟利斯與世界頂尖室內樂團合作,其中包括古樂合奏團,並時常同時擔任大提琴獨奏與指揮角色演出古典曲目。

伊瑟利斯並以室內樂演奏家身分活躍於國際諸多重要音樂節與演出場館,如倫敦威格摩爾廳、紐約92街Y,以及薩爾茲堡、韋爾比亞音樂節等。在這其中,包含許多精心設計的專題節目,如於威格摩爾廳為紀念第一次世界大戰的”戰爭的陰影”系列,以及其他專題如”發現捷克音樂”、”師生之間-從聖桑、佛瑞到拉威爾”、”大提琴與人聲的類同”、”舒曼的人生與音樂面面觀”、”塔聶耶夫與他的音樂”(註:塔聶耶夫為其祖父的老師)。在這些音樂會中,伊瑟利斯亦固定與他的音樂家朋友們合作,像是小提琴家約夏‧貝爾、帕梅拉‧法蘭克、伊莎貝拉‧佛斯特、中提琴家塔貝亞‧齊瑪曼、單簧管名家邁克‧柯林斯等人合作。

伊瑟利斯對於原汁原味的古樂演出極有興趣,時常與古樂樂團、大鍵琴與古鋼琴合作演出。如與鋼琴家羅伯‧列文合作,使用貝多芬年代的古董鋼琴或仿製琴,演出貝多芬為大提琴與鋼琴而作的全部音樂作品。同時伊瑟利斯也熱衷於當代音樂新作,在BBC逍遙音樂節上首演的塔凡那《防護面紗》、2009年愛丁堡藝術節首演阿德斯為大提琴與鋼琴所譜寫的《發現地方》、鋼琴家史蒂芬‧賀夫為大提琴與左手鋼琴彈奏而譜的奏鳴曲、2006年於薩爾茲堡音樂節首演黎姆的單樂章大提琴協奏曲、大衛馬修的《藍色》協奏曲,穆斯托年為大提琴與鋼琴所譜的音樂作品、庫塔克的《給史蒂芬》等作品。

伊瑟利斯為孩童撰寫音樂文章及演奏亦十分投入,像是《貝多芬為什麼扔燉肉》、《韓德爾為什麼搖假髮》都廣獲好評,更被翻譯成多國語言。此外曾經錄製為孩童量身打造、編寫三個「音樂故事」,並委由奧斯卡金獎得主作曲家安‧杜莉全新譜曲的兒童專輯。身為一個音樂教育家,他也經常在世界上舉辦大提琴大師班活動,過去17年他也擔任在英國康威爾普魯夏灣舉行的英國國際音樂家研討會藝術總監。伊瑟利斯經常於英國留聲機雜誌與衛報上發表文章,並參與BBC廣播節目錄製,像是近期編寫、監製有關於舒曼的紀錄片。

伊瑟利斯多元的興趣亦可從他廣泛的得獎唱片作品記錄中一窺:他的全本巴赫無伴奏組曲錄音博得如潮佳評,獲選留聲機雜誌評選為年度器樂專輯,以及全英古典音樂獎樂評家首選。其他錄音發行像是舒曼的全集錄音作品、與哈汀及馬勒室內樂團合作錄製的德佛札克大提琴協奏曲、入選德國唱片大獎、與羅伯‧列文合作的貝多芬大提琴與鋼琴的全本音樂作品(以古鋼琴演奏),以及穆斯托年與阿德斯的獨奏錄音等。而近期新發行的錄音則是與指揮名家賈維及法蘭克福廣播交響合作的普羅高菲夫與蕭斯塔高維契協奏曲專輯,以及與鋼琴家賀夫與艾格爾的獨奏專輯。

伊瑟利斯在1998年獲大英帝國授勳,以表彰他在音樂領域的傑出貢獻,2000年他也獲茨維考市頒發舒曼獎殊榮,在2013年伊瑟利斯獲選留聲機雜誌名人堂,為目前唯二在世獲選之大提琴家。

伊瑟利斯拉奏的是一把由皇家音樂學院出借、1726年史特拉里瓦里製造的大提琴Marquis de Corberon。

 

 

Steven Isserlis, cellist

 

Acclaimed worldwide for his technique and musicianship, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster.

As a concerto soloist he appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, recent engagements including performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Budapest Festival, Philharmonia, Cleveland, Minnesota, and NHK Orchestras. He gives recitals every season in major musical centres, working with pianists such as Jeremy Denk, Kirill Gerstein, Stephen Hough, Alexander Melnikov, Olli Mustonen, Mikhail Pletnev, Andras Schiff, Connie Shih and Dénes Várjon; and plays with many of the world's leading chamber orchestras, including period-instrument ensembles. Unusually, he also directs chamber orchestras from the cello, in classical programmes.

As a chamber musician he has devised and performed in programmes at many of the world’s most famous festivals and venues, including the Wigmore Hall, the 92nd St Y in New York, and the festivals of Salzburg and Verbier. These specially devised programmes have included ‘In the Shadow of War', a major series for the Wigmore Hall to mark the centenary of the First World War; explorations of Czech music; the teacher-pupil line of Saint-Saens, Faure and Ravel; the affinity of the cello and the human voice; varied aspects of Robert Schumann’s life and music; and the music of Serge Taneyev (teacher of Steven’s grandfather, Julius Isserlis).  For these concerts Steven is joined by a regular group of friends who include the violinists Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank and Isabelle Faust, violist Tabea Zimmermann, and clarinettist Michael Collins.

He takes a strong interest in authentic performance; in addition to working with many of the foremost period instrument orchestras, he gives recitals with harpsichord and with fortepiano. With Robert Levin, playing on original or replica pianos from Beethoven's era, he regularly performs Beethoven's complete music for cello and piano in two recitals.  He is also a keen exponent of contemporary music, and has premiered many new works, including John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil (as well as several other pieces by Tavener), Thomas Adès’s Lieux retrouvés, Stephen Hough’s Sonata for Cello and Piano Left-hand, Wolfgang Rihm's Concerto in One Movement, David Matthews' Concerto in Azzurro, works for cello and piano by Olli Mustonen, and 'For Steven' by György Kurtág.

Writing and playing for children is another major interest. 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 has also written three musical stories for children - Little Red Violin, Goldiepegs and the Three Cellos and Cindercella -  with music by Oscar-winning composer Anne Dudley; these are published by Universal Edition in Vienna. As an educator Steven Isserlis gives frequent masterclasses all around the world, and for the past seventeen years he has been Artistic Director of the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall, where his fellow-professors include Andras Schiff, Thomas Adès and Ferenc Rados.  As a writer and broadcaster he contributes regularly to publications including Gramophone and The Guardian, has guest edited The Strad magazine, and makes regular appearances on BBC Radio, most recently as writer and presenter of a documentary about the life of Robert Schumann, and as guest presenter of two editions of Saturday Classics.

 

His diverse interests are reflected in an extensive and award-winning discography. 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. Other recent releases include the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding; the complete works for cello by Beethoven with Robert Levin on fortepiano, selected for the Deutsche SchallplattenPreis; and recital discs with Thomas Adès and Olli Mustonen.  Future releases include Prokofiev and Shostakovich concertos with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Paavo Järvi, and recital discs with Stephen Hough and Richard Egarr.

The recipient of many honours, Steven Isserlis 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 he became one of only two living cellists to be inducted into Gramophone’s Hall of Fame.

He gives most of his concerts on the Marquis de Corberon (Nelsova) Stradivarius of 1726, kindly loaned to him by the Royal Academy of Music.