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JEFFREY SOLOW Cellist

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"One of the best of American cellists"
FANFARE magazine 

Biography:
 
Jeffrey Solow’s impassioned and compelling cello playing has enthralled audiences throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he studied with the distinguished cellist Gabor Rejto and he earned a degree in Philosophy magna cum laude from UCLA while studying with and assisting the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky in his master classes at USC. His multi-faceted career embraces teaching, writing and lecturing on a variety of cellistic topics, and arranging and editing music for the cello. His wide-ranging interests include scuba diving and underwater photography, paleontology, and protozoology.

Mr. Solow’s concerto appearances include performances of more than forty different works with orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic (also at the Hollywood Bowl), Japan Philharmonic, Prime Philharmonic (Korea), Vietnam National Opera & Ballet Orchestra (Hanoi), Seattle Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the American Symphony (with whom he also recorded), and he has been guest artist at many national and international music festivals. He has recorded for the Columbia, New World, ABC, Centaur, Delos, Capstone, Kleos, Laurel, Everest, Music Masters and Telefunken labels and has received two Grammy Award nominations.

Jeffrey Solow is active in other areas of music besides performing. Strad, Strings and American String Teacher magazines have published his articles, and he is editor of the Newsletter of the Violoncello Society, Inc. of New York, the nation’s second oldest cello society; he also serves as VCS president. His editions are published by Breitkopf, International Music Company, Edition Peters, Latham, Ovation Online Press and Henle Urtext. Recognized as an authority on healthy and efficient cello playing, Mr. Solow has given master classes throughout the US, Canada, Europe, South America, Taiwan, China and Korea, he is past president of the American String Teachers Association. He is professor of cello at Temple University in Philadelphia.
 

Jeffrey Solow -- Press Quotes

“His intonation is irreproachable, his technique clean, his tone uncommonly pure, and he communicates directly with a musical sensitivity that demands and holds the attention."
                                                                                       — The Los Angeles Times

“Solow finished off the crowd with incandescent readings of lollipops by Boccherini, Prokofiev, and Carl DAvidov, grandfather of the Russian cello school. It was totally insane, and the audience was shrieking at the end.”
    — Laurence Vittes: The Huffington Post
        

“Warmth… confidence... fleet and agile fingering... true virtuoso flair"
— The Washington Post

"Commands a big singing tone and soaring technique"
— Philadelphia Enquirer

"Solow mesmerized the audience with his account of the Suite No. 4 in E flat major. His was a wonderfully musical performance that was lyrical and rhythmically vibrant. His playing was textured and rich in timbral coloration. Solow delved into the contrapuntal complexities of the work while bringing a wealth of expressions into his reading. This was music making of the highest order.”
    — Eduard Reichel: The Deseret Morning News
        
"One of the best American cellists"
— Fanfare magazine

"Excellent... outstanding"
— American Record Guide

"Flawless intonation and generous technique"
— Time magazine

"Jeffrey Solow plays with taste, sense, and most striking of all,
tremendous verve and temperament"
— The Boston Globe

"Instant, long standing ovation... dazzling... masterful"
— Arizona Daily Sun

"Solow is a remarkably eloquent cellist whose playing is equally expressive and dynamic. Technically astute and musically sound, he acquits himself wonderfully in both romantic and classical repertoire.”
    — Deseret Morning New


"Brilliant... far and away the highlight of the concert... spectacular"
— Arkansas Democrat

“His intonation is excellent, his sense of rhythm a sheer joy, and his
 delicacy of shading creates a warmth of tone akin to the human voice”
— The Atlanta Journal

"Exquisite... standing ovation at the end was well deserved"
— Sioux City Journal

"Jeffrey Solow is particularly outstanding - tremendous technique, a very large and warm tone."
— The Instrumentalist

"…a tremendously expressive cellist"  
— Memphis Commercial Appeal
 

“Imagine having a National President who can preside at the opening meeting, meet every member all day long in a down-to-earth "kind and gentle" way and finish the day presenting a national award to I Palpiti's director, Eduard Schmieder. But that's not all. He then sat down and performed Haydn's Divertimento for Cello and Strings with great artistic flair, accompanied by I Palpiti. It was a night I won't forget!”
– Manon Robertshaw: The Soundpost (journal of the California chapter of ASTA)

Concerto Repertoire:
 
BACH: Concerto in A Major, BWV 1054; Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1055, selected other works for cello and strings (all trans. Solow)
 
BEETHOVEN: Triple Concerto
 
BERNSTEIN: Three Meditations from "Mass"
 
BLOCH: Schelomo; Prayer
 
BOCCHERINI: Concerto in G
 
BOCCHERINI-GRÜZMACHER: Concerto in B-flat
 
BOCCHERINI-PIATIGORSKY: Concerto da Camera (orch. Solow)
 
BRAHMS: Double Concerto
 
BRUCH: Kol Nidre
 
PAUL CHIHARA: “Wind Song” (written for Jeffrey Solow)
 
COUPERIN-BAZELAIRE: Pièces en Concert
 
DAVIDOFF: Concerto No. 1; Concerto No. 2; At the Fountain; Ballade
                               
DVORAK: Concerto; Polonaise; Rondo; Waldesruhe
 
ELGAR: Concerto
 
FAURÉ: Elegy
 
HANDEL: Concerto in G Minor (trans. Solow); Double Concerto (for two cellos or violin and cello)
 
HANDEL-FEUERMANN: Adagio and Allegro (orch. Solow)
 
HAYDN: Concerto in D; Concerto in C
 
HAYDN-PIATIGORSKY: Divertimento (orch. Dahl)
 
LALO: Concerto
 
HENRI LAZAROF: Second Cello Concerto (written for Jeffrey Solow)
 
MILHAUD: Concerto No. 1
 
POPPER: Hungarian Rhapsody; Tarantella

PROKOFIEV: CONCERTO IN C, Opus 58
 
SAINT-SAËNS: Concerto No. 1; Allegro Appassionato
 
SCHUMANN: Concerto
 
SHOSTAKOVICH: Concerto No. 1
 
TCHAIKOVSKY: Rococo Variations; Andante Cantabile; Nocturne; Pezzo Capriccioso

TOCH: Concerto
 
VIVALDI: Double Concerto (for two cellos); selected concertos
 
VOLKMANN: Concerto
 
WALTON: Concerto

Discography:
 
MENDELSSOHN: COMPLETE WORKS FOR CELLO
(with Doris Stevenson, piano)
(Centaur)

HENRI LAZAROF: SECOND CELLO CONCERTO
(with the Cincinnati Philharmonia, Gerhard Samuel, conductor)
(Delos)

HENRI LAZAROF: MOMENTI FOR SOLO CELLO; DUO FOR CELLO AND PIANO; TRIO
(with Yoko Matsuda, violin, and Jerome Lowenthal, piano)
(Laurel)

ARENSKY: TRIO NO. 1 and TCHAIKOVSKY: TRIO
(with Andres Cardenes, violin, and Mona Golabek, piano)
(Delos)
Grammy Award Nominee

DEBUSSY: TRIO, SONATA and INTERMEZZO
(with Camilla Wicks, violin, and Eckart Sellheim, piano)
(Music Masters)

TCHAIKOVSKY: TRIO
(with Henri Temianka, violin, and Doris Stevenson, piano)
(Orion)

VOCALISE
(short works for violoncello and piano)
(with Doris Stevenson, piano)
(Pelican)

HINDEMITH: QUARTET FOR CLARINET, VIOLIN, VIOLONCELLO AND PIANO
(with Yukiko Kamei, violin, Gary Gray, clarinet, and Brooks Smith, piano)
(Laurel)

MIKLOS ROZSA: THREE CHAMBER WORKS
(Duo, Opus 8, with Albert Dominguez, piano, and Toccata Capriccioso, Opus 36)
(Laurel)

PAUL CHIHARA: WIND SONG FOR VIOLONCELLO AND ORCHESTRA
(American Symphony Orchestra, Gerhard Samuel, conductor)
(Everest)

FAURÉ AND SAINT-SAËNS: TRIOS
(with Christiaan Bor, violin, and Jerome Lowenthal, piano)
(Pelican)
 
SCHOENBERG AND HAYDN: STRING TRIOS (Opus 53)
(with Kathleen Lenski, violin, and Paul Polivnick, viola)
(Desmar)

STRAUSS: PIANO QUARTET
(with Irma Vallecillo, piano, Kathleen Lenski, violin, and Paul Polivnick, viola)
(Desmar)

FRENCH MASTERPIECES FOR CELLO AND PIANO
(with Irma Vallecillo, piano)
(Desmar)

BARBER AND KODALY:  SONATAS (Opus 4)
(with Albert Dominguez, piano)
(Pelican)

RAVEL: DUO and TRIO
(with Christiaan Bor, violin, and Jerome Lowenthal, piano)
(Pelican)

RAVEL: TRIO
(with Jaime Laredo, violin, and Ruth Laredo, piano)
(Columbia)
Grammy Award Nominee

LEON LEVITCH: QUARTET FOR FLUTE, VIOLA, CELLO AND PIANO
(Orion)

LEON LEVITCH: QUINTET FOR FLUTE AND STRINGS
(Orion)

THE ROMANTIC CELLO
(with Doris Stevenson, piano)
(ABC)

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