Son of a music teacher and a passionate amateur musician, renowned cellist Steven Isserlis plays both as a soloist and a chamber musician. His distinctive sound and vast repertoire have earned him legions of devoted admirers around the world.
Steven was born on December 19, 1958 in London. Leaving school at the age of 14, Isserlis traveled to Scotland where he studied under the watchful eye of cello teacher Jane Cowan.
Steven Isserlis has performed with many of the greatest orchestras of period instruments, including the Enlightenment Orchestra with Simon Rattle and Philharmonia Baroque with Nicholas McGegan.
He has also been the originator of several festivals in collaboration with collaborators such as pianist and composer Stephen Hough, violist Tabea Zimmerman and violinist Joshua Bell, among others.
Renowned composers such as John Taverner, Wolfgang Rihm and Douglas Weiland have all written new pieces of music for him.
Isserlis is artistic director of the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove in Cornwall, and was awarded by the CBE in 1998 in recognition of services rendered to music.
February 2008 saw his cello conducting debut when he conducted the Irish Chamber Orchestra in Dublin.
Steven Isserlis has also written two children’s books based on the life of Beethoven (Why Beethoven Threw Out the Stew) and Handel (Why Handel Wiggled His Wig).