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International Musicians Seminar

Maestri 2019

Kirshbaum, Ralph

Ralph Kirshbaum has performed frequently with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, the London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Tonhaller-Orchester Zurich, Orchestre de Paris, and the Israel Philhomonic Orchestra working with the most prominent collaborators.In honour of the legendary cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, Ralph Kirshbaum led as Artistic Director the inaugural Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, held in Los Angeles in March 2012. He founded the RNCM Manchester International Cello Festival in 1988, and remained its Artistic Director through to its grand finale in 2007. Ralph Kirshbaum has been on the faculty of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester for 35 years, and in 2008 accepted the Gregor Piatigorsky Endowed Chair in Violoncello at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. He continues his annual association with the IMS and the London Master Classes, as well as an active schedule of performance and master class commitments throughout the world. His many recordings have included Tippett’s Triple Concerto for Philips, the Elgar and Walton Concertos for Chandos, the Ravel, Shostakovich and Brahms Trios for EMI, the complete Bach Suites for solo cello and Barber Concerto and Sonata for EMI/Virgin Classics and the Brahms Double and Beethoven Triple concertos for RCA.