24 May 2014

Sol Gabetta in conversation with Stephan Koncz (17 min.)

Cellist Sol Gabetta is not only one of the most successful musicians of her generation, but also one of the most cosmopolitan. Her family roots extend to France and Russia; Gabetta grew up in Argentina; her musical training brought her to Europe when she was just ten years old, where she studied in Madrid, Basel and Berlin. Sol Gabetta can chat fluently in no fewer than six languages, and she has a far greater number of musical idioms at her command. She added artistic highpoints to her career in 2014 with her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Baden-Baden, closely followed by a performance with the orchestra in the Philharmonie. In conversation with the Philharmonic cellist Stephan Koncz, she tells here of her provenance, the stresses, strains and joys of a global career as a soloist – and of her fascination with Martinů’s rarely heard First Cello Concerto, which she performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker in May 2014, conducted by the Polish conductor Krzysztof Urbański.

The concert