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Yale Cellos perform annual concert April 9

Program features new piece by Ezra Laderman, performed by Ole Akahoshi
March 14, 2014

yale-cellos-groupThe Yale School of Music presents the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos in their popular annual concert on Wednesday, April 9 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

Aldo Parisot will lead the ensemble that he founded in a diverse program of music from the baroque to the present day. Favorite pieces by Barber, Hadyn, Bach, and Vivaldi will be performed alongside new music by Yale faculty composer Ezra Laderman.

The first half of the concert will feature solo performers. Student cellists Yifan Wu, Sohyang Yoo, and Ji Eun Lee will perform selections by Barber, Bach, and Haydn, respectively, with pianist Wenbin Jin.

Cellist Ole Akahoshi will then give the premiere of Ezra Laderman’s Second Partita for unaccompanied cello. Both Akahoshi and Laderman are members of the Yale School of Music faculty.

The full Yale Cellos ensemble will perform music by Vivaldi and Bach on the second half of the program. Selections from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons will feature Akahoshi as soloist. The concert concludes with Laszlo Varga’s arrangement of Bach’s Chaconne.

Tickets to this concert start at $10, $5 for students. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.


About the Performers

Aldo Parisot’s career as a performer, teacher, and advocate for his instrument are extraordinary. In the seven decades of his career, he has appeared with many of the world’s major orchestras with such conductors as Stokowski, Barbirolli, Bernstein, Mehta, Monteux, Sawallisch, Hindemith, and Villa-Lobos. He has premiered works written especially for him by Quincy Porter, Joan Panetti, Yehudi Wyner, and Heitor Villa-Lobos, among many others. He premiered the Cello Concerto No. 2 by Villa-Lobos in his New York Philharmonic debut, and created a sensation at the 1964 Tanglewood Festival with his premiere of Donald Martino’s Parisonatina al’Dodecafonia. Born in Brazil, Mr. Parisot came to the United States in 1946 and made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. He was a member of the Yale String Quartet and the creator of the internationally renowned Yale Cellos. Mr. Parisot has served on the faculties of Juilliard, Peabody, Mannes, and the New England Conservatory of Music. He joined the Yale faculty in 1958. 

“As a teacher, he is an object of pilgrimage.”
— New York Magazine

Formed in 1983 by Aldo Parisot, the Yale Cellos have earned an international reputation for successful recordings, richness of sound, virtuosity, and their many additions to the cello ensemble literature. In addition to annual concerts at Yale University, the ensemble has performed in Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and at cello festivals in France and England. In May of 2005, Mr. Parisot and the Yale Cellos toured Korea to great acclaim. The Yale Cellos under Mr. Parisot may be heard on the recording Cellists from Yale, issued in Brazil by Phonodisc, and The Yale Cellos Play Favorites, on Delos. Their disc Bach/Bachianas, also on Delos, received a Grammy nomination in 1988. The ensemble has recorded a CD for Albany Records of the music of Ezra Laderman, Three Works Written for Aldo Parisot. Their CD L’art du violoncelle was released by Calliope Records. Their most recent CD is Cello, Celli (Naxos, 2006), featuring works by Bach and Brubeck.

Cellist Ole Akahoshi from Germany enjoys a concert career before audiences in North and South Americas, Asia, and Europe in recitals, chamber music concerts, and as soloist with orchestras such as the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Symphonisches Orchester Berlin. He has won numerous competitions, including Concertino Praga and Jugend Musiziert, and is a recipient of the Salon de Virtuosi fellowship award. Mr. Akahoshi has performed in Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei Concert Halls, Wigmore Hall, Wiener Musikverein, and Berliner Philharmonie. His performances have been featured on CNN, NPR, WQXR, Korean Broadcasting, and the major German stations. He has recorded for the Albany, New World, Calliope, Bridge, and Naxos labels. His most recent releases include the string quartet by Behzad Ranjbaran, and the Mendelssohn octet with Gil Shaham. Ole Akahoshi has collaborated with the Tokyo, Michelangelo, and Keller quartets and with Sarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Elmar Oliveira, Leon Fleisher, Garrick Ohlsson, and Elizabeth Parisot, among many others. He has served as faculty at the festivals in Banff, Norfolk, Brazil, and the GMMFS in Korea. He has given numerous classes, most recently at the conservatories in Beijing and Sichuan. At age eleven, Ole Akahoshi was the youngest student to be accepted by Pierre Fournier. He studied with Aldo Parisot at Yale and Juilliard, as well as Janos Starker at Indiana University. Mr. Akahoshi has served as teaching assistant for both Aldo Parisot and Janos Starker. Ole Akahoshi is the principal cellist of the Sejong Soloists. In 1997 he joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music, where he is Assistant Professor of Cello.