British cellist Steven Isserlis performs regularly with the world's leading orchestras, including the London Symphony and the Philharmonia, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago and San Francisco Symphonies, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and Japan's NHK Orchestra, collaborating with conductors such as Ashkenazy, Eschenbach, Gardiner, Norrington, Slatkin, Solti, and Tilson Thomas. He has enjoyed working with authentic instrument orchestras such as the English Baroque Soloists, the London Classical Players, and l'Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, and he has also been an inspiration for composer John Tavener, who as a result has written many works for cello.
Admired for his expertise in the chamber music repertoire, Isserlis has been responsible for programming and participating in successful chamber music festivals both at London's Wigmore Hall and at the Salzburg Festival, where in 1997 he was artistic director of a three-concert Mendelssohn cycle. Isserlis' regular chamber music partners include Joshua Bell, Stephen Hough, Olli Mustonen, and Tabea Zimmermann. He was the subject of a 90-minute profile shown on German television, was featured in the International Emmy Award winning series "Concerto!" with Dudley Moore and Tilson Thomas, and has presented a documentary about the life and late works of Robert Schumann.
Steven plays the "Feuermann-Stradivari. And he also owns a lovely Guardanini and a Montagnana cello.