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Hear the cello singing its musical magic

The Apollon October Concerts continue with two concerts by international soloist and chamber musician Mats Lidstrom on Thursday in Nicosia and Friday in Limassol.

Lidstrom has gained a reputation for performances of great insight and virtuosity. Born in Stockholm, Sweden and currently living in London, the cellist combines performing with teaching and composing.

Appointed professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1993 (Honorary Associate in 1998), Lidstrom has given master classes at conservatories in San Francisco, Cleveland and Oberlin, as well as in Australia, England, Denmark, Poland, Austria, Spain, South America and Sweden. Prior to the Royal Academy of Music, he taught at the Gothenburg University, Sweden.

As a soloist, he’s performed and recorded with the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche SO Berlin, Czech Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony, with conductors such as André Previn, Andrew Litton, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Maxim Shostakovich and Leif Segerstam.

As a chamber musician, Lidstrom has performed in a number of major halls, including Alice Tully Hall and The Y (New York City), Theatre du Chatelet and Cite de la Musique (Paris), Musikverein (Vienna), Gulbenkian (Lisbon) and the Wigmore – Queen Elizabeth – and Royal Festival Halls of London.

His passion for, and research of, neglected but beautiful music for his instrument has resulted in several highly acclaimed and award-winning CDs. He appears on EMI, Deutsche Gramophone, Decca, BIS, Hyperion, Musica Sveciae, Opus 3, Caprice Records, as well as on his own label

Lidstrom’s compilation of orchestral excerpts for Boosey & Hawkes, The Orchestral Cellist, prompted the founding of his own publishing company Besides his own compositions and transcriptions, it offers the series if Bach was a cellist, which lives the fantasy that everything Bach wrote was intended for the cello. Also published by is his The Essential Warm-up Routine for Cellists, how to prepare all facets of cello-playing on a daily basis. His scale book The Beauty of Scale is made possible through a Research Grant from the Royal Academy of Music.

Compositions include Rigoletto Fantasy for cello and orchestra on Verdi’s opera, Interlude for string quartet and orchestra, Maze of Love for voice, piano and orchestra, Marche Triomphale for two pianos and percussion (GSO 2012 Commission), Carnival in Venice for violin and two cellos, My Heart Is In The East Raoul Wallenberg In Memoriam for solo cello (performed at the centenary celebrations and at the Swedish Parliament and members of the US Congress, 2012), René Descartes in Stockholm, for solo recorder, The Sea Of Flowers Is Rising Higher, elegy for solo cello in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, Christmas Cookies for mezzo-soprano and 3 cellos, and Suite for solo cello.

Apollon October Concerts
Live performance by cellist Mats Lidstrom. October 29. Casteliotissa Hall, Nicosia. 8pm. €10. Tel: 99-722031
October 30. Hadjiantonas Winery, Parekklisia, Limassol. 8pm. €20. Tel: 99-722031


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