[ Cello ]

Aldo Parisot

Aldo Parisot, long acknowledged as one of the world’s master cellists, has led the career of a complete artist — as concert soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and teacher. He has been heard with the major orchestras of the world, including those of Berlin, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Rio, Munich, Warsaw, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh, under the batons of such eminent conductors as Stokowski, Barbirolli, Bernstein, Mehta, Monteux, Paray, de Carvalho, Sawallisch, Hindemith, and Villa-Lobos.

As an artist seeking to expand his instrument’s repertoire, Mr. Parisot has premiered numerous works for cello, written especially for him by such composers as Camargo Guarnieri, Quincy Porter, Alvin Etler, Claudio Santoro, Joan Panetti, Ezra Laderman, Yehudi Wyner, and Heitor Villa-Lobos, whose Cello Concerto No. 2, written for and dedicated to him, was premiered by Mr. Parisot in his New York Philharmonic debut. Since then he has appeared with the Philharmonic on nearly a dozen occasions. He created a sensation when he introduced Donald Martino’s Parisonatina al’Dodecafonia at Tanglewood.

Mr. Parisot has recorded for RCA Victor, Angel, Westminster, and Phonodisc. His Yale Cellos recording for Delos, Bach Bachianas, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1988. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music from Shenandoah University in 1999, an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Penn State University in 2002, and the Award of Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, in 2001. A Yale faculty member since 1958, Mr. Parisot was named the Samuel Sanford Professor of Music at Yale in 1994 and received the Gustave Stoeckel Award in 2002.