“Wit, aristocratic poise and elegance; mercurial shifts of mood, intensity and lightness of touch in near-miraculous balance” – The Glasgow Herald, 18 May 2009
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.
Born in Cordoba, Argentina, she won her first competition at the age of ten. This was soon followed by the Natalia Gutman Award and commendations at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition as well as the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. A Grammy Award nominee, Sol Gabetta received the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award (2010) and the Würth-Preis of the Jeunesses Musicales (2012).
Following her first ECHO Klassik Award (received in 2007 for a CD featuring works of Tchaikovsky and Ginastera) the artist obtained another one for her interpretation of cello concertos by Haydn, Hofmann and Mozart, released in 2009. Most recently, she was awarded her third ECHO for a celebrated recording of Elgar’s cello concerto with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Her extensive discography encompasses also highly 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.
Gabetta's performances today include appearances with leading orchestras and conductors worldwide. She has worked with Bamberger Symphoniker, Kammerorchester Basel, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bolshoi Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Gabetta is a frequent guest at festivals including Verbier, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Schwetzingen Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, Bonn Beethovenfest and Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. Recent highlights include residencies at Essen Philharmonie and Berlin Konzerthaus, debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Gulbenkian Orchestra and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Sol Gabetta works regularly with conductors such as Giovanni Antonini, Mario Venzago, Charles Dutoit, Pablo Heras Casado and Thomas Hengelbrock.
In addition to her career as a soloist, Sol Gabetta is a deeply devoted chamber musician and performs with distinguished partners such as Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Baiba Skride, Bertrand Chamayou and Olga Kern in famous halls such as London’s Wigmore Hall or Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. She has also founded her own chamber music festival “Solsberg” in Switzerland.
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, Bamberger Symphoniker and at Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. A recital tour with pianist Hélène Grimaud is planned for December 2012, other chamber music recitals at Carnegie Hall and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam complete her season.
Thanks to a generous private stipend by the Rahn Kulturfonds, Sol Gabetta is in a position to play one of the very rare and precious cellos by G.B. Guadagninifrom 1759. Sol Gabetta has taught at the Basel Music Academy since 2005.