Internationally renowned cellist to play at Anglia Ruskin

Published: 1 May 2007 at 15:42

The internationally renowned cellist Rohan de Saram will visit Cambridge to give a solo lunchtime recital at Anglia Ruskin University's Mumford Theatre on Friday 11 May (at 1.10pm).

An outstanding contemporary performer, this is just one of three UK dates planned for his current world tour which will see him performing in locations including Lisbon, Buenos Aires, Tokyo and Toronto.

The recital will feature the world premiere of a new work, Hommage a Bartok composed by Paul Rhys, a senior Anglia Ruskin music lecturer.

Other works include the cello Sequenza by the Italian composer Luciano Berio, written in the final year of his life as a personal tribute to de Saram. Also to be performed is the Sonata by Zoltan Kodaly inspired by the folk music of his native Hungary.

It was as a classical artist that Rohan made his name as a teenager. 

Having studied cello from the age of 11 with Gaspar Cassado in Italy, he was awarded, at the age of 17, the coveted Suggia award to study in the UK with John Barbirolli and in Puerto Rico with Pablo Casals. At the invitation of Dmitri Mitropoulos, who described him in 1957 as ‘a rare genius … a born musician … and amazing cellist’ Rohan was invited to give his Carnegie Hall debut in 1960 with the New York Philharmonic, playing Khatchaturian’s Cello Concerto under the baton of Stanislaw Skrowaczezski.

Rohan has performed with the major orchestras of Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and the former Soviet Union with conductors such as John Barbirolli, Adrian Boult, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa and William Steinberg, as well as with composers conducting their own works such as Luciano Berio.

In November 2005 Rohan split from the Arditti Quartet in order to pursue his own artistic vision. He works now with a variety of artists, friends and composers, bringing together music from a range of musical periods and parts of the world, both Eastern and Western.

Rohan de Saram will also be giving a public master class for aspiring student cellists in the Bennett Room of Clare College, Cambridge onThursday May 10th (11.00-4.00pm).

Admission to the lunchtime recital is free.