Respected around the world, Latvian-born cellist Yosif Feigelson enjoys a solo career spanning over three
decades. He has been compared to such cello greats as Rostropovich and Piatigorsky, and 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. Prizewinner of the prestigious Tchaikovsky (Moscow
1974) and J.S.Bach (Leipzig 1976) competitions, he toured throughout the former Soviet Union and Eastern
Bloc countries, appearing among other major venues 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. Thereafter, he has
performed at every major hall in New York City, as well as Symphony Hall in  Chicago, Kennedy Center in
Washington, D.C., and other major venues. 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 Avery Fisher
Career Grant given to outstanding instrumentalists.

In Europe, Mr. Feigelson has taken numerous tours of France, Germany and other Central and East-European
countries, including participation in the Schleswig-Holstein and Handelfestspiele festivals; Tuscany Festival in
Italy, Musiktreffen in St.Moritz, Switzerland; Bach Festival in Madeira, Portugal; Rostropovich and
Summertime festivals in Latvia, and many orchestral and recital performances in the United Kingdom,
  
Austria, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Israel, and the Baltic countries. Mr. Feigelson was also featured 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 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, David
Amram, Moshe Atzmon and others.

The cellist's repertoire boasts more than 50 works for cello and orchestra, an equal amount of sonatas, and
variety of music including his own transcriptions. A fervent advocate of unjustly overlooked music, he made a
1996 world premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's unique 24 Cello Preludes and subsequently recorded it along
with composer's Four Cello Sonatas; available today on
Naxos label. In addition to performing, Mr. Feigelson
has offered master classes for string players and ensembles at the Aspen Festival, Chautauqua Institution,
Detroit Civic Orchestra, Rutgers University, Waterloo Festival, and other venues in the U.S. and abroad. He is
a Founder and Artistic Director of
Kindred Spirits Arts Programs,  Preludes of Pont-Aven and The Stravinsky
Circle.     
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