Sol Gabetta

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Sol Gabetta
Sol Gabetta in Chiesa di Sant'Agata, Pontestura, 2014
Sol Gabetta, 2015
Background information
Born 18 April 1981
Córdoba, Argentina
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Cellist
Years active 1991–present day
Labels Sony Classical

Sol Gabetta (born 1981, Villa María, Córdoba, Argentina) is an Argentine cellist of French and Russian descent, now settled in Switzerland.


Sol Gabetta achieved international acclaim upon winning the Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2004 and making her debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev. Born in Argentina, she won her first competition at the age of ten, soon followed by the Natalia Gutman Award as well as commendations at Moscow's International Tchaikovsky Competition and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. A Grammy Award nominee, Sol Gabetta received the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award in 2010 and the Würth-Preis of the Jeunesses Musicales in 2012.

Following her highly acclaimed debut with Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival in 2014, Gabetta offered her debut with Staatskapelle Berlin in December 2014. Other highlights for the 2014/15 season include her debut with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a European tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski as well as recitals across Europe with Bertrand Chamayou, with whom she has recently released a recital CD (February 2015).[1]

Sol's performances today include appearances with leading orchestras and conductors worldwide including the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Orchestre National de France, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bamberger Symphoniker, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Bolshoi and Finnish Radio Symphony orchestras and The Philadelphia, London Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras. Gabetta collaborates very extensively with conductors Giovanni Antonini, Mario Venzago, Pablo Heras-Casado and Thomas Hengelbrock.

She was artist in residence at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in summer 2014, with past residencies at the Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin. Sol is a regular guest at festivals such as Verbier, Gstaad, Schwetzingen, Rheingau, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and Beethovenfest Bonn.

A passionate chamber musician, she performs worldwide in halls such as Wigmore Hall in London, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, with distinguished partners including Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Baiba Skride and especially Bertrand Chamayou. Her passion for chamber music is evident in the yearly Festival Solsberg[2] in Olsberg, Switzerland.

Sol Gabetta was named Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2013 Echo Klassik Awards, for her interpretation of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel. She also received the award in 2007, 2009[3] and the Diapason d'Or. and 2011 for her recordings of Haydn, Mozart and Elgar Cello concerti as well as works by Tchaikovsky and Ginastera. Sol Gabetta holds an extensive discography with Sony and has released a duo recital with Hélène Grimaud for Deutsche Grammophon.

In November 2015, Sol Gabetta's album Vasks: Presence was released. It contains compositions by the Latvian composer Peteris Vasks, including the cello concerto "Presence", composed for Gabetta in 2012, and "Musique du Soir", written for organ and cello, on which the cellist plays together with her mother, Irène Timacheff-Gabetta. Sol Gabetta recorded the album together with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. [4]

Thanks to a generous private stipend by the Rahn Kulturfonds,[5] Sol performs on one of the very rare and precious cellos by G. B. Guadagnini dating from 1759. She has taught cello at the Basel Music Academy since 2005.


  • Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns and Ginastera - with Munich Radio Orchestra (Sony Classical) August 2006
  • Il Progetto Vivaldi - with Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca (Sony Classical) released September 2007
  • Cantabile - with Prague Philharmonic (Sony Classical) released September 2008
  • Shostakovich Concerto No. 2 - with Munich Philharmonic (Sony Classical) released September 2008
  • Haydn / Hofmann / Mozart: Cello Concertos - with Kammerorchester Basel (Sony Classical) released September 2009
  • Elgar: Cello Concerto / Dvořák - with Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Sony Classical) released June 2010
  • Pēteris Vasks: Gramata Cellam - The Book for Solo Cello (Sony Classical) released March 2010
  • Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 - with Munich Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel (Sony Classical) released August 2012
  • Duo - with Hélène Grimaud (Deutsche Grammophon) released October 2012
  • Il Progetto Vivaldi II (Sony Classical) released December 2012
  • Il Progetto Vivaldi III (Sony Classical) released September 2013
  • Prayer (Sony Classical) released October 2014
  • The Chopin Album - with Bertrand Chamayou (Sony Classical) released February 2015


  • Sol Gabetta joue Haydn et Vasks. ZDF 2009. Producers: David Stevens, Gösta Courkamp. Performed at the Solsberg Festival. Haydn's Concerto and Dolcissimo (2nd movement of Gramata Cellam; The book) by Vasks.


  1. ^ "Sol Gabetta_The Chopin Album". Sol Gabetta official website. 
  2. ^ "Solsberg". Sol Gabetta. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "La violoncellista cordobesa Sol Gabetta fue premiada nuevamente en Europa". Cadena3. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
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  5. ^ "Biography Sol Gabetta". Sol Gabetta Official Website. HarrisonParrott GmbH. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 

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