Even the world of Classical music has its pin-ups and, according to reliable sources, the Argentinian blonde bombshell, Sol Gabetta, is in the Top 10. Her latest compilation is also proof positive that beauty is not always just skin deep as this South American beauty proves that she is far more than a pretty face when it comes to demonstrating prowess on the strings. Her new album simply called “Cello” contains over 20 tracks – many of which are irritatingly over-played obvious cello tunes such as “The Swan” but also provides a good selection of less well known tracks – many of which have been specially arranged for the cello. Sol plays alongside a variety of accomplished musicians including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and The Prague Philharmonic on this album as well as some charming keyboard duets with her mother Irene. We have picked out 6 tracks that we have added to our featured new album selection which we believe are more than worth a listen.
Sol Gabetta was born on April 18th 1981 and began to learn violin at 3 years old, and cello at 4. She continued to study both instruments until she was 8, and then switched her focus exclusively to the cello. She won her first competition at just 10 years old – soon followed by the Natalia Gutman Award.
She went on to win the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2004. Two years later, she founded her own festival, the Festival Solsberg. Her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle was at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival in 2014 – the same year she debuted with the Staatskapelle Berlin. She was Artist in Residence at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in summer 2014, and also held artistic residencies at the Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin.
Other prizes have included the Gramophone Award for Young Artist of the Year in 2010 and the Wurth-Preis of the Jeunesses Musicales in 2012. At the Echo Klassik Awards, she received the award in 2007, 2009 and 2013, being named Instrumentalist of the Year in 2013. She was also awarded the Diapason d’Or for her recordings of Haydn, Mozart and Elgar cello concerti, as well as works by Tchaikovsky and fellow countryman Ginastera. Sol has made commercial recordings for Sony and Deutsche Grammophon.