Guy Fishman to Perform in Wellfleet

September 7th at Wellfleet Preservation Hall
Guy Fishman, principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society (Courtesy photo)

Wellfleet, MA: Bach composed his six suites for unaccompanied cello in 1720. Almost entirely forgotten after their composition, these works were first published as mere exercises a century after they were written and not performed in their entirety until the 20th century. Nevertheless, the suites now occupy the top tier of every cellist’s repertoire, and are celebrated in regular performances and dozens of editions and recordings. Guy Fishman, principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society, has performed these works nationally and internationally.  He returns to the Cape to survey three suites on his baroque cello, built in Rome in 1704.

Guy Fishman made his Symphony Hall solo debut in 2005.  He has appeared in recital with Dawn Upshaw, Mark Peskanov, Eliot Fisk, Richard Eggar, Lara St. John, Gil Kalish, Kim Kashkashian, and Natalie Merchant. His playing has been praised as “plangent” by the Boston Globe, “electrifying” by the New York Times, and “beau tiful....noble” by the Boston Herald, and “dazzling” by the Portland Press Herald.  The Boston Musical Intelligencer related of a 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 appearance “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 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.  It was voted “Top 10 Releases of 2017” by WRTI in Philadelphia.  A new recording of the concerti by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach has just been released to wide acclaim.

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, where he is now faculty.  In addition, he is a Fulbright Fellow, having worked with famed Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma in Amsterdam. In addition to his work at NEC he teaches at Bryant University and at the International Baroque Masterclasses in Gaming, Austria.  He plays a rare cello made in Rome in 1704 by David Tecchler.

Mr. Fishman will perform at Wellfleet Preservation Hall Saturday, September 7th at 7:30pm


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