The world-renowned cellist in recital with pianist Kathryn Stott.
‘Classical music is one of the best things that ever happened to mankind. If you get introduced to it in the right way, it becomes your friend for life,’ world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma once said on the tv programme 60 Minutes.
With his grand and warm tone and performances at events as diverse as international remembrance concerts and children’s TV programmes, French-born Chinese American Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his enduring belief in culture’s power to generate trust and understanding. In 1998, Yo-Yo established Silkroad, a collective of artists from around the world who create music that engages their many traditions. It has been 13 years since his last appearance in Norway, and mature audience members may remember him from the 1983 Bergen International Festival.
His discography includes more than 100 albums, including 19 Grammy Award winners, two of which he won with his long-time artistic partner, British pianist Kathryn Stott, a 2017 Festival artist. Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and present faculty at the Academy of Music in Oslo, Kathryn continues to perform as both soloist and chamber musician at festivals all over the globe. She can be found performing to millions at the BBC Proms or to twenty inner city school children just learning to play their scales. Kathryn has built many relationships throughout her career, with music written for her by composer Graham Fitkin, but boasts a 30-year collaborative relationship with Yo-Yo that has united these two musical explorers.
In Grieghallen the star duo performs works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev og Rachmaninoff.
Introduction by Gunnar Danbolt (in Norwegian) in the Grieghallen foyer at 18:45–19:15.