Cello

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Chien-an Chen (Taiwan)

A native of Taiwan, Chien-an Chen began cello lessons at the age of seven. His talent soon became apparent, and he was invited to give a performance for the country’s former president, Chiang Kai-shek. At the age of 12, Mr. Chen moved to Japan to study with Hideo Saito and Juro Aoki at the Toho School of Music. He continued his studies at the Peabody Conservatory with Stephen Kates, the Shepherd School of Music with Shirley Trepel, and the University of Southern California with Gabor Rejto. Mr. Chen also studied wih Mstislav Rostropovich, Janos Starker, Lynn Harrell,...

Emanuel_Gruber Emanuel Gruber (USA)

Emanuel Gruber is celebrated as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher. He has brought his “authority, sensitivity to musical values, wide dynamic range, and great mastery of his instrument” (Music Journal, New York) to collaborations with artists such as Neville Marriner, Rudolf Barshai, Shelomo Mintz, Pinkas Zukerman, Miriam Fried, Philippe Entremont, Jean Bernard Pommier, Tamas Vasary, and Janos Starker. “One of our great artists” the Jerusalem Post wrote, citing “his extraordinary capacity for projecting the deepest meaning of the music”....

bongshin_ko Bongshin Ko (Korea/USA)

Hailed by critics for her “most perfect playing” (Internet Cello Society) with “great warmth and beauty” (The STRAD), cellist Bongshin Ko has appeared worldwide as a soloist with such groups as Munich Chamber Players, Television and Radio Symphony of Moscow, the KBS Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Zagreb Philharmonic, and Central Broadcasting Symphony of China. In 1992 Ms. Ko was honored to be the first Korean artist to be invited to perform in China after the historic resumption of diplomatic relations between Korea and China, and has since been invited back...

Vagram Saradjian Vagram Saradjian, (Russia/USA)

VAGRAM SARADJIAN gave his first public recital at age 9 and won his first prize at the Russian National Competition at age 18, which put him in the country’s national spotlight. International recognition of his prodigious talent came when he won several major contests, including the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1970 and the Geneva International Cello Competition in 1975. By the time he was twenty, Mr. Saradjian was being compared with such masters as Mstislav Rostropovich, who was his teacher at the Moscow Conservatory for eight years. As a ...