Russian cellist extraordinaire for Cape Town Concert Series

Russian cellist extraordinaire for Cape Town Concert Series

The Cape Town Concert Series will present Alexey Stadler, one of the finest young cellists of his generation, in concert during September. He will be partnered by Francois du Toit in a recital at the Baxter Concert Hall on Saturday, September 16, at 8 pm.

The 26 year old Russian has performed across Europe as a soloist, as well as in chamber ensembles with artists including Cape Town favourite Lukas Vondracek.

One of the finest young cellists of his generation and winner of the 2012 TONALi Grand Prix in Hamburg, Alexey Stadler’s 16/17 season has seen him appear in a number of high level engagements across Europe, performing with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Athens State Orchestra, Riga Sinfonietta and DalaSinfoniettan.

He caused sensations in his recent debuts at BBC Proms under Vasily Petrenko, with San Francisco Symphony and Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, both with Vladimir Ashkenazy, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra as well as the Young Philharmonic Orchestra Jerusalem Weimar, both under the baton of Michael Sanderling. Festival appearances included the International Chamber Music Festival Stavanger, St. Petersburg’s White Nights Festival and he Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.

Stadler performs with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra under renowned conductors such as Valery Gergiev and Marek Janowski. He recorded Richard Strauss’ ‘Don Quixote’ with the orchestra of the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar for broadcast on Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, receiving great critical acclaim.

A keen chamber musician, Stadler has appeared in recitals and chamber music programmes at festivals such as Heidelberg Spring Festival, Verbier Festival and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In 2012 he took part in the Kronberg Academy’s “Chamber Music Connects the World” festival, where he performed with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Christian Tetzlaff.

He has received several awards including the national titles Young Talent (2008, 2009 and 2010) and Hope of Russia (2008, 2009). He has won first prizes at competitions in France and Austria and also received chamber music prizes in Italy and Austria with pianist Karina Sposobina.

In 2008 he recorded Rachmaninov’s ‘Cello Sonata’ on an instrument by A. Jacout’ which had once belonged to the Russian Emperor Nicholas II.

Born into a family of musicians, Stadler began to play the cello at the age of four. He began his studies with Alexey Lazko and continued his education at the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music in St. Petersburg.

The programme will include the following works:

Schumann’s ‘Fantasiestücke, Op. 73’

Brahms’ ‘Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38’

Debussy’s ‘Sonata for Cello in D minor’

Shostakovich’s ‘Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor op. 40’

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