Emmanuel Feldman, cello
Hailed by John Williams as “an outstanding cellist and truly dedicated artist”, Emmanuel Feldman has emerged as one of the most innovative and expressive cellists of his generation. Noted for his recent CD release on Delos, Our American Roots, Gramophone described Feldman as, “an artist who combines communicative urgency with tonal splendor.”
Feldman’s solo recital credits include performances at Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau Paris, and Franz Liszt Academy in Hungary. As a concerto soloist, Mr. Feldman has performed with the Boston Pops, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Greensboro Festival Orchestra, and Boston Philharmonic. He has also performed with Gilbert Kalish, Paul Neubauer and Elmar Oliveira and in chamber music with the Jupiter, Verona and Borromeo String Quartets. An enthusiastic collaborator, Feldman has partnered with artists and ensembles such as the Mark Morris Dance Group, Duo Cello e Basso, and Bobby McFerrin in a wide range of innovative projects.
His “Rider on The Plains” CD featuring Virgil Thomson’s Cello Concerto was nominated for a 2008 Grammy award for producer Blanton Alspaugh and was described as “sounding exhilarating in this bracing and confident performance” by the N.Y. Times. With nearly a dozen recordings to his credit, he has premiered works by composers Aaron Kernis, John Harbison, Gunther Schuller, and Richard Danielpour.
Mr. Feldman’s own compositions have been performed by the Commonwealth Chorale, City of Tomorrow Wind Quintet, and New England String Ensemble. His works have been heard at venues including the Granoff Music Center, Jordan Hall, and Brown University. Feldman’s “Enigma #1” was performed on the Boston Celebrity Series and was hailed by the Boston Globe as “an intense score”. Some of his arrangements include works by Debussy for cello and orchestra and Gershwin’s Three Preludes and short pieces from “Porgy and Bess” for cello and piano that can be heard on the Delos label.
Feldman’s cello students have been accepted to most major music schools and conservatories in the U.S. and abroad and have won competitions including the Tchaikovsky and Brahms International Competitions, and Irving Kline, and Stulberg Competitions.
Born in New York City to a large musical family, Feldman first studied the violin, piano and French horn and then chose the cello at age 12. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music. Currently he is a faculty member at New England Conservatory and Tufts University and also teaches at the International Cello Institute, VCU Global Summer Institute of Music and Heifetz International Music Institute.