J.S. Bach's Suites for Cello

Guy Fishman, cello

Photo by Stu Rosner

Photo by Stu Rosner

Join us for a performance of three of J.S. Bach's suites for solo cello by Guy Fishman, principal cellist of Boston's Handel and Haydn Society.

About Guy Fishman:

Guy Fishman is principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society, with which he made his Symphony Hall solo debut in 2005.  He is in demand as an early music specialist in the United States and Europe, having performed in recital and with Arcadia Players, Connecticut Early Music Festival, Querelle des Bouffons, Boston Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, Emmanuel Music, the Boston Museum Trio, Seraphic Fire, Boulder Bach Festival, and El Mundo, among others.  He has appeared in recital with Dawn Upshaw, Mark Peskanov, Eliot Fisk, Richard Eggar, Lara St. John, Gil Kalish, Kim Kashkashian, and Natalie Merchant.  He was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and principal cellist of the New York String Seminar at Carnegie Hall.  His playing has been praised as “plangent” by the Boston Globe, “electrifying” by the New York Times, “beautiful....noble” by the Boston Herald, and “dazzling” by the Portland Press Herald.  The Boston Musical Intelligencer related of a recent performance of Haydn’s C-major concerto having “…heard greater depth in this work than I have in quite some time,” and called a recent performance “spectacular.”

Mr. Fishman has recorded for the CORO, Telarc, Centaur, Titanic, and Newport Classics labels.  Recordings of sonatas by Andrea Caporale (world premiere, Centaur) and duos for cello & bass (Centaur) were warmly received.  His most recent release, of Vivaldi cello concerti with members of the Handel and Haydn Society (Olde Focus) was called “brilliant” by the Huffington Post and “a feast for the ears” by Early Music America.

Mr. Fishman started playing the cello at age 12, and at 16 began his Baccalaureate studies with David Soyer at the Manhattan School of Music.  He subsequently worked with Peter Wiley, Julia Lichten, and Laurence Lesser, with whom he completed Doctoral studies at the New England Conservatory of Music.  In addition, he is a Fulbright Fellow, having worked with famed Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma in Amsterdam. He plays a rare cello made in Rome in 1704 by David Tecchler.