Antonio Lysy


Cellist Antonio Lysy has performed as a soloist in major concert halls worldwide, collaborating with distinguished conductors including Yuri Temirkanov, Charles Dutoit, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Vegh, and Kees Bakels, and continues to perform regularly both as a solo, and chamber music artist. Lysy has recorded extensively for CBC Radio, BBC Radio, Classic FM, and other European radio networks. Lysy enjoys exploring the versatility of the cello’s voice, from Baroque to electric, and is committed to projects which enrich his diverse interests in music. The show he produced, directed and performs in, “Te Amo, Argentina”, is based on the Latin Grammy winning CD, depicting a personal journey through the heart and soul of Argentina’s fascinating culture, featuring solo cello, chamber works, Tango dance, projections, and spoken word. In 2016 Antonio was invited by the Broad Stage in Los Angeles, to perform the cycle of timeless masterpieces for solo cello by Bach. The sold out performance of the Suites included ornamenting the setting with visual projections, inviting the audience to a new “delight of spirit” through the art of photography. Following that success he was asked to return for a performance of the cycle of Beethoven sonatas, with the pianist Tom Beghin. Beghin played on two fortepianos from Beethoven’s time, for a journey through Beethoven’s life, covering all three of the composer’s major creative periods.

This year, Yarlung Records and Antonio partnered again in a unique recording of South American-connected compositions and arrangements. Titled South America, the nine compositions honor Astor Piazzolla, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Gardel, Antonio’s violinist father Alberto Lysy, and Argentine bandoneon master Coco Trivisonno. Several works are recorded with ingenuous multi-tracking which, thanks to all-analog Sonorus Holographic Imaging technology, Lysy plays all the parts. For both Villa-Lobos’ arrangement of Bach’s Prelude and Casals’ Les Rois Mages, Antonio Lysy created a virtual cello orchestra of 16–28 cellos playing 4–7 parts.

Upcoming projects of note include The Story of My Cello, a musical theater solo work, written for Antonio by the celebrated pianist/actor/producer, Hershey Felder. In the summer of 2003 Lysy accepted the position of Professor of Cello at University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to moving to the United States, he held a professorship at McGill University in Montre?al.

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