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JEFFREY SOLOW - Cellist

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"One of the best of American cellists"
FANFARE magazine 

Biography:
 
Cellist JEFFREY SOLOW maintains a busy schedule as recitalist, soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he studied with the distinguished cellist Gabor Rejto. Later, he earned a degree in Philosophy magna cum laude from UCLA while studying with and then assisting the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky at USC.

Mr. Solow has toured throughout the United States and Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Far East and performed more than 30 works with orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic (including the Hollywood Bowl), Japan Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and American Symphony (with whom he also recorded). He has been guest artist at many national and international chamber music festivals, was a member of The Amadeus Trio for 10 years, and was recently selected by PennPAT (Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour) for inclusion on their highly selective roster. Among his many recordings for the Delos, Columbia, New World, ABC, Centaur, Kleos, Everest, and Telefunken labels, two were nominated for Grammy Awards.

Mr. Solow is active in other area of music besides performing. Strad, Strings, and American String Teacher magazines have published his articles and reviews; he is editor of the Newsletter of the Violoncello Society, Inc. (NY); and he is president-elect of the American String Teachers Association. He is also a scuba diver and prize-winning underwater photographer and occasionally finds time to sustain his interest in protozoology and paleontology. Recognized as an authority on healthy and efficient cello playing, Mr. Solow regularly presents master classes nationally and internationally and is Professor of Cello and Chair of the Department of Instrumental Studies at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music & Dance in Philadelphia.
 

Press Excerpts:
 
“Warmth ... confidence ... fleet and agile fingering ... true virtuoso flair”
    The Washington Post

“Commands a big singing tone and a soaring technique”   
    Philadelphia Enquirer

“Excellent ... outstanding”
American Record Guide 

“Flawless intonation and generous technique”
    TIME magazine


“Jeffrey Solow plays with taste, sense, and most strikingly of all, tremendous verve and temperament”
                                                   The Boston Globe


“Instant, long standing ovation ... dazzling ... masterful”
                                                 Arizona Daily Sun


“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


“His intonation is irreproachable, his technique clean, his tone uncommonly pure, and he communicates directly with the musical sense that demands and holds the attention”
                                                   Los Angeles Times

Concerto Repertoire:
 
BACH: Concerto in A Major, BWV 1054 (arr. 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 di 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. 1; At the Fountain; Ballade
                               
DVORAK: Concerto; Polonaise; Rondo; Waldesruhe
 
ELGAR: Concerto
 
FAURE: Elegy
 
HANDEL: Double Concerto (for two cellos or for violin and cello)
 
HANDEL-FEUERMANN: Adagio and Allegro (orch. Solow)
 
HAYDN: Concerto in D (original version); Concerto in C
 
HAYDN-PIATIGORSKY: Divertimento (orch. Dahl)
 
KIRCHNER: Double Concerto (for violin and cello)
 
LALO: Concerto
 
HENRI LAZAROF: Second Cello Concerto (written for Jeffrey Solow)
 
MILHAUD: Concerto No. 1
 
POPPER: Hungarian Rhapsody; Tarantella
 
SAINT-SAËNS: Concerto No. 1; Allegro Appassionato
 
SCHUMANN: Concerto
 
SHOSTAKOVICH: Concerto No. 1
 
STEVENS: Double Concerto (for violin and cello)
 
TCHAIKOVSKY: Andante Cantabile; Nocturne; Pezzo Capriccioso; Rococo Variations
 
TOCH: Concerto
 
VIVALDI: Double Concerto (for two cellos); Selected Concertos
 
VOLKMANN: Concerto
 
WALTON: Concerto
 
Other repertoire upon Special Request

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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Jeffrey scuba diving

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