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Aldo Parisot leads the Yale Cellos in concert on Wednesday, April 15

Program honors the memory of composer Ezra Laderman with a performance of his Partita for Solo Cello
March 24, 2015

yale_cellos1Aldo Parisot will lead the Grammy-nominated ensemble that he founded over thirty years ago in a diverse program of music from the baroque to the present day. The works will range from classics by Arcangelo Corelli, J. S. Bach, and Edvard Grieg to newer works by Ezra Laderman and Dave Brubeck. TICKET INFO

The concert begins with the Allegro agitato from Edvard Grieg’s Cello Sonata in A minor, performed by Chang Pan, a second-year master’s student of Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music. Assistant professor of cello Ole Akahoshi, who performed a duet with Yo-Yo Ma in Woolsey Hall in January, will then perform the Partita for Solo Cello by Ezra Laderman.

Laderman, who passed away on February 28, was a prolific composer who served as dean of the Yale School of Music from 1989 to 1995 and later as professor of composition until his retirement in 2013. His longtime connection with the Yale Cellos was particularly rich, and over the years Aldo Parisot and the Yale Cellos performed and recorded a number of works Laderman wrote for the ensemble.

The full complement of cellists will then take the Sprague Hall stage to perform Arcangelo Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto” to conclude the first half of the program. After intermission, they will perform Dave Brubeck’s “The Desert and the Parched Land” and J.S. Bach’s soaring Chaconne in D minor, from his second violin partita, arranged for cello ensemble. Violinist Joshua Bell has said the Chaconne is “not just one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, but one of the greatest achievements of any man in history.”

One of the unique and colorful features of Yale Cellos concerts is the display before the concert and during intermission of over a hundred paintings and drawings by Aldo Parisot on a large, high-definition screen suspended over the stage.

Tickets to this concert are $10 to $20, $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. BUY TICKETS


About the Performers

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

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.

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. A recipient of the Salon de Virtuosi fellowship award, he has won competitions including Concertino Praga and Jugend Musiziert. Akahoshi has performed in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, and 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 collaborations include the Tokyo, Michelangelo, and Keller quartets, Sarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Elmar Oliveira, Leon Fleisher, and Garrick Ohlsson, among many others. 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. 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.