Yosif Feigelson

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Yosif Feigelson (born 1955,[1] Latvia ) is a cellist living in the United States.

Feigelson is a former student of Mstislav Rostropovich and Natalia Gutman, and the prize winner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition and International Bach Competition. He performs as a soloist across the U.S. and Europe. Feigelson has recorded the 24 Preludes and four solo sonatas of Mieczysław Weinberg for the Olympia label.

Mr. Feigelson made his widely publicized New York orchestral debut in 1988, when he stepped in on a short notice to substitute ailing violinist Nathan Milstein with the New York Chamber Symphony. Thereafter, he has performed virtually at every major hall in New York City, as well as Symphony Hall in Chicago, and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He was guest soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphonietta, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and Knoxville Symphony among others. In 1990, the cellist received the Avery Fisher Career Grant given to outstanding instrumentalists.

In Europe, Mr. Feigelson has taken numerous tours of France, Germany and other Central and East-European countries, including participation in the Schleswig-Holstein and Handelfestspiele festivals; Tuscany Festival in Italy, Musiktreffen in St.Moritz, Switzerland; Bach Festival in Madeira, Portugal; Rostropovich and Summertime festivals in Latvia, and many other orchestral and recital performances in the United Kingdom, Austria, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Israel, and the Baltic countries. Mr. Feigelson has also appeared on TV and radio, including NPR's "Performance Today". His 1996 performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Detroit Symphony under Neeme Jarvi was recorded for Eurobroadcast and heard on radio stations around the world.

Mr. Feigelson has collaborated with some of the world's best known musicians as soprano Barbara Hendrix, pianists Vladimir Feltsman and Bella Davidovich, violinist Oleh Krysa, violist Yuri Bashmet, conductors Neeme Jarvi, Gennady Rozhdestvennsky, Lukas Foss, Lawrence Foster, Gerard Schwarz, Andre Raphel Smith, David Amram and Moshe Atzmon. The cellist's repertoire boasts more than 50 works for cello and orchestra, an equal amount of sonatas and other music including his own transcriptions. A fervent advocate of unjustly overlooked music, he made a 1996 world premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's unique 24 Cello Preludes and subsequently recorded it along with composer's Four Cello Sonatas; available today on Naxos label. In addition to performing, Mr. Feigelson has offered master classes for string players and ensembles at the Aspen Music Festival, Chautauqua Institution, Detroit Civic Orchestra, Rutgers University, Waterloo Festival, and other venues in the U.S. and abroad. He is a Founder and Artistic Director of Kindred Spirits Arts Programs, Preludes of Pont-Aven and The Stravinsky Circle.

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