Steven Isserlis Awarded the 2023 Cremona Musica Award for Performance

21 Sep 2023

Steven Isserlis has been awarded the 2023 Cremona Musica Award for Performance for his outstanding contribution to the interpretation of the cello repertoire. The honour was announced by the cultural committee of Cremona Musica International Exhibitions on 20 September.

The Committee writes, “The Cremona Musica Award has been conferred on Steven Isserlis for his sensitive and passionate interpretations, and for his unceasing dedication to the art of music. His discography is an example and a model for many young musicians who are inspired and enlightened by him”.

The award ceremony and performance will take place at Cremona Musica on Sunday 24 September at 3pm in the Sala Guarneri.

British cellist Steven Isserlis CBE enjoys an international career as a soloist, chamber musician, author, educator, and broadcaster. Equally at home in music from baroque to the present day, he performs with the world’s greatest orchestras, including period ensembles, and has given many world premieres, including works by Sir John Tavener, Thomas Adès and György Kurtág. His award-winning discography includes most of the cello repertoire, including the JS Bach suites (Gramophone Instrumental Album of the Year), and Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano. His two books for children about music are among the genre’s most popular ever written and have been translated into many languages.  His latest book is a critically-acclaimed companion to the Bach cello suites, which is published in Italian by Edizioni Curci in September 2023.  Since 1997, he has been Artistic Director of the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove, Cornwall.  He plays the 1726 ‘Marquis de Corberon’ Stradivarius, on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.

Cremona Musica (22-24 September 2023) is the world’s leading fair for high craftsmanship musical instruments, and is held every year in Cremona, the birthplace of Stradivari and an international centre for musical instruments. In addition to the instruments created by Cremonese, Italian, and international masters, Cremona Musica hosts a rich and varied calendar of events, with concerts, exhibitions, master classes, competitions, and conferences with world-class artists. The last edition saw the participation of over 300 exhibitors from 30 countries (48% foreign), with a programme of over 180 events in 3 days, 400 artists and personalities involved in concerts, masterclasses and presentations, and Official Buyer delegations from 28 countries selected with the support of Italian Trade Agency.

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