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Gaspar Cassadó
André Navarra
Pablo Casals
Giulio Cazzani
Matthias Naegele
Annette Helmers
Luigi Cristiano Frisenda
Paul Watkins
Melissa Phelps
Sebastian Foron
Gregor Babica
Jan Bastiaan Neven
Kate Sawbridge
Amanda Truelove

Johannes Goritzki was born in Tübingen, Germany, and studied cello with such musical legends as Gaspar Cassadò, André Navarra and Pablo Casals. It was Cassadò, in particular, who introduced Goritzki to the 'sound of the cello'. As teacher and father-figure alike, it was he who turned the instrumentalist Goritzki into a musician. Goritzki collaborates with pianist Pavel Gililov and with many chamber music ensembles. One of the highlights of his extensive discography is Otmar Schoeck's cello concerto, a recording which filled a gap that had only become apparent after the release of this brilliant production.

Johannes Goritzki has also enjoyed an extensive career as a conductor. He has conducted at the Philharmonie in Berlin, in Cologne and Munich, at the Berlin Schauspielhaus, the Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Düsseldorf Tonhalle; he has led orchestras in Rome's Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Paris's Salle Gaveau, and conducted the gala performance for the reopening of the Teatro Felice in Genoa. He conducted Graun's ‘Montezuma’ and Mozart's ‘Così fan tutte’ at the Bellas Artes opera house in Mexico City, and has guested at the Berlin Festwochen, Bucharest's Enescu Festival, Finland's Kuhmo Festival and, at the request of Gidon Kremer, in Lockenhaus. Under Goritzki's baton, great musicians such as Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Nikita Magaloff, Radu Lupu, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Aurèle Nicolet have performed a musical spectrum from the Baroque to the avant-garde. As principal conductor of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein, Goritzki also dedicates himself to his own special projects whenever he can. Among them are the symphonies of Max Reger's pupil Johanna Senfter which, in the words of their discoverer, are of truly Brucknerian dimensions. They will soon be recorded with the Bamberg Symphony for the BIS label.

Johannes Goritzki is professor of cello at the Robert Schumann Hochschule für Musik in Düsseldorf, and has recently left his post as International Fellow of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland. From November 2010, he will join the visiting professors of cello at the Royal College of Music.

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This cellist was posted by Gideon den Herder and last edited on 25 July 2010 at 11:25:13 AM.