Sol Gabetta -- cello soloist

Internationally acclaimed since her 2004 debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev and winner of the Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award, cellist Sol Gabetta already holds several impressive awards.

Gabetta’s performances today include appearances with leading orchestras and conductors worldwide. She has worked with ensembles including the Bamberger Symphoniker, kammerorchesterbasel, The Philadelphia, City of Birmingham Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, the Orquesta Nacional de España and the Bolshoi Orchestra.

Gabetta’s performances have seen her appear at the world’s most prestigious festivals including the Verbier, Gstaad Menuhin, Schwetzingen, Rheingau Musik and Schleswig Holstein Musik festivals, as well as the Beethovenfest Bonn. Recent highlights include residencies at the Essen Philharmonie and Berlin Konzerthaus, as well as debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Gulbenkian and Israel Philharmonic orchestras. Sol works regularly with conductors including Giovanni Antonini, Mario Venzago, Charles Dutoit, Pablo Heras Casado and Thomas Hengelbrock.

Highlights of this season include debuts with the Orchestre National de France, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the Philharmonia Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra. She will return to work with the Münchner Philharmoniker under the baton of David Zinman, the Bamberger Symphoniker and at Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. This season also includes a recital tour with pianist Hélène Grimaud and further chamber performances at Carnegie Hall and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.

A devoted chamber musician, Gabetta performs with distinguished partners including Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Baiba Skride, Bertrand Chamayou and Olga Kern. She also founded her own chamber music festival, ‘Solsberg’, in Switzerland.

Following her first ECHO Klassik Award in 2007 (for her CD of Tchaikovsky and Ginastera) Gabetta won the prize for the second time in 2009 for her Haydn, Hofmann and Mozart CD, and a third for her celebrated recording of Elgar’s cello concerto with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Her extensive discography also includes acclaimed recordings of Shostakovich’s Cello Concertos with the Münchner Philharmoniker. Autumn 2012 sees the release of a duo recital recording with pianist Hélène Grimaud by Deutsche Grammophon.

Born in Cordoba, Argentina, Gabetta won her first competition at the age of ten, and was soon followed by the Natalia Gutman Award and commendations at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. A Grammy Award nominee, Sol Gabetta received the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award in 2010 and the Würth-Preis of the Jeunesses Musicales in 2012.

Thanks to a generous private stipend by the Rahn Kulturfonds, Sol Gabetta performs on one of the very rare and precious cellos by G.B. Guadagnini from 1759. Gabetta has taught at the Basel Music Academy since 2005.