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A talk and concert by Carlos Prieto

LSE Arts concert

Presentation of the book The Adventures of a Cello, by its author, Carlos Prieto, and then a performance by Mr Prieto.

Suite No. 1 in G major for cello solo by J. S. Bach
Suite No. 3 in D major by J. S. Bach

Carlos Prieto, Mexican-born and MIT-educated, is one of the most respected cellists in the world, regularly premiering works composed especially for him by Latin American, North American and European composers. Mr. Prieto began playing the cello at age four, studying with the Hungarian cellist Imre Hartman and later with Pierre Fournier in Geneva and Leonard Rose in New York.

Mr. Prieto was a long time friend of Igor Stravinsky. When Stravinsky returned to Russia in 1962 after a fifty-year absence, he was accompanied in Moscow by Mr. Prieto, who was at that time studying in Russia. He also knew Shostakovich and has premiered his first Cello Concerto in different cities in Mexico as well as in Spain.

Mr. Prieto's playing has inspired such rare critical acclaim as "impeccable" (The New York Times), "in true bravura fashion, unafraid, secure, zestful" (The Boston Globe), "distinguished music-making" (San Francisco Chronicle), "remarkable, razor-sharp" (The Star-Ledger), and "impeccable...absolutely gorgeous...breathtaking" (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch), "stunning performance" (The Globe and Mail, Toronto).

He has played with orchestras from all over the world, the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Orchestra of the European Union, the American Symphony Orchestra in New York, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, the Spanish National Orchestra, the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, the Irish National Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, The Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela, the MAV Budapest Orchestra and many others.

Remarkable is Carlos Prieto's contribution to the cello repertoire. Since 1980 he has played the world premieres of over 80 compositions, most of which were written for him by the main composers from Mexico, Latin America, Spain and other countries.

Mr. Prieto has played the Bach Suites literally all over the world: twice in New York's Lincoln Center (where he played the complete six suites in one single concert), and in Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Paris, Madrid, Moscow, Beijing, Shanghai, New Delhi, Buenos Aires, Mexico, South America, etc.


Carlos Prieto | talks


Date and Time:

25 November 2010 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



Shaw Library
Old Building
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street

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London School of Economics & Political Science
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