Respected around the world, Latvian-born cellist Yosif Feigelson enjoys a solo career spanning over three decades. He has been praised for his marvelously singing tone, effortless technique, and sincere, enlightening interpretations.
As a child, Mr Feigelson was virtually surrounded by music: his father, an opera tenor, his mother, an orchestra violinist. He began playing cello at the age of six, studying under Don Yaffe at the Darzins Music School in Riga. After winning First Prize at the Concertino Prague International Competition (1970), he struck the interest of legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and consequently became his pupil at the Moscow Conservatory, continuing his studies with Natalia Gutman. Winner of the prestigious Tchaikovsky (1974) and J.S.Bach (1976) competitions, he toured throughout the former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries, appearing at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Dvorak Hall in Prague, and Musikbienale in Berlin.
Mr. Feigelson made his widely publicized New York orchestral debut in 1988, when he stepped in on a short notice to substitute ailing violinist Nathan Milstein with the New York Chamber Symphony. He has performed virtually at every major hall in New York City, as well as Symphony Hall in Chicago, and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He was guest soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphonietta, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and Knoxville Symphony among others. In 1990, the cellist received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
In Europe, Mr. Feigelson has taken part in the Schleswig-Holstein and Handelfestspiele Festivals in Germany, Tuscany Festival in Italy, Musiktreffen in St.Moritz, Switzerland, Bach Festival in Madeira, Portugal, and Moulin d'Ande in France; he has also made various appearances across Central and Eastern Europe.
In addition to playing, Mr.Feigelson has offered master classes at the Chautauqua Institution, Detroit Civic Orchestra, Rutgers University, Waterloo Festival, and music schools and festivals abroad. He has collaborated with some of the world's best known musicians as soprano Barbara Hendrix, pianists Vladimir Feltsman and Bella Davidovich, violinist Oleh Krysa, violist Yuri Bashmet, conductors Neeme Jarvi, Gennady Rozhdestvennsky, Lukas Foss, Lawrence Foster, Gerard Schwarz, Andre Raphel Smith, and Moshe Atzmon.
Mr.Feigelson has also appeared on TV and radio, including NPR's "Performance Today". His 1996 performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Detroit Symphony under Neeme Jarvi was recorded for Eurobroadcast and heard on radio stations around the world.
Mr.Feigelson's repertoire boasts more than 50 works for cello and orchestra, an equal amount of sonatas and a variety of other music including his own transcriptions. A fervent advocate of music which has been unjustly overlooked, he premiered the unique 24 Solo Cello Preludes of Mieczyslaw Vainberg in 1996 and recorded it along with the composer's Four Cello Sonatas on the Olympia label.