Inbal Segev

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    New York, NY, United States

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    Cellist Inbal Segev’s playing has been described as “characterized by a strong and warm tone . . . delivered with impressive fluency and style” and with “luscious phrasing” by The Strad; “first class,” and “richly inspired,” by Gramophone; and with “passionate abandon” by Strings Magazine. Equally committed to new repertoire and masterworks, Segev brings interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to the vast range of music she performs.

    Inbal Segev has performed as soloist with top orchestras around the world including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Bangor Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, San Juan Symphony in Colorado, Arkansas Symphony, Mobile Symphony, California Symphony, Castleton Festival Orchestra with Lorin Maazel, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Bogotá Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Dortmund Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Polish National Radio Symphony, the Bangkok Symphony, and more. She made debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic, led by Zubin Mehta, at age 17.

    In the 2018-2019 season, Segev will perform with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall in NYC, Teatro Mayor in Bogotá (Colombia), the Mondavi Center in Davis (CA), Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Harris Theater in Chicago. She will premiere a new cello concerto by Anna Clyne with several orchestras in the United States and will record the concerto, along with the Elgar concerto, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Marin Alsop.

    Segev’s repertoire includes all of the standard concerti and solo works for cello, as well as new pieces and rarely performed gems. Recent concerto premieres include Timo Andres’ Upstate Obscura with Metropolis Ensemble at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (April 2018); Dan Visconti’s Tangle Eye with the California Symphony (May 2017); and new cello concertos by Avner Dorman and Lucas Richman. In February 2018 with the Albany Symphony, Segev was the first cellist to perform Christopher Rouse’s Violoncello Concerto since Yo-Yo Ma premiered it in the 1990s. She has co-curated the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival with Marin Alsop since its inception in 2017.

    Inbal Segev is a founding member of the Amerigo Trio with former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus. She has collaborated with artists such as Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk, Juho Pohjonen, Anthony McGill, Jason Vieaux, Gilbert Kalish, Anne Akiko Meyers, and the Vogler Quartet. Festival appearances include the Banff, Ravinia, Bowdoin, Olympic, Cape & Islands, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra New Music festivals in North America; the Siena, Rolandseck, and Montpellier festivals in Europe; and the Jerusalem Music Center and Upper Galilee festivals in Israel.

    Segev’s discography includes works by Grieg, Chopin, and Schumann with pianist Juho Pohjonen (AVIE); Lucas Richman’s Three Pieces for Cello and Orchestra with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Albany); Sonatas by Beethoven and Boccherini (Opus One); Nigun (Vox); and Max Schubel’s Concerto for Cello and Horn (Opus One). With the Amerigo Trio she has recorded serenades by Dohnányi (Navona).

    Segev released her recording of the complete Cello Suites of J.S. Bach in fall 2015 on the Vox label, to critical acclaim and a spot on The New York Times Classical Playlist. Audiences have the opportunity to look behind the scenes at the making of Segev’s album through a companion documentary film about her journey through the music of Bach. She has performed Bach’s Cello Suites in venues around the world including Lincoln Center and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Shanghai Concert Hall, and Henry Crown Hall in the Jerusalem Theatre.

    Inbal Segev’s YouTube channel features music videos and her popular masterclass series, Musings with Inbal Segev, which has thousands of subscribers across continents and close to one million views. The masterclass videos cover core cello repertoire, previews of new works, and many aspects of cello technique.

    Inbal Segev’s many honors include prizes at the Pablo Casals and the Paulo International Cello Competitions. She began playing the cello in Israel at age five and at 16 was invited by Isaac Stern to come to the U.S. to continue her studies. She earned degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale University. Inbal Segev lives in New York City with her husband and three children. Her cello was made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1673.

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    | Artist News
    Watch cellist Inbal Segev’s new video with pianist Juho Pohjonen – a breathtaking performance of Grieg’s Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36. The piece is featured on Segev and Pohjonen’s new album of Romantic music by Chopin, Grieg, and Schumann – which i…

    | Artist News, Foundation News
    A new album with Cellist Inbal Segev and pianist Juho Pohjonen, which is out today on AVIE Records. Juho and Inbal recorded the album last fall at The Academy of Arts and Letters with producer Da-Hong Seetoo. It features three Romantic-era works for ce…

    | Artist News
    The San Francisco Classical Voice recently published two articles celebrating the artistry of cellist Inbal Segev.

    | Artist News
    Recent highlights for Inbal Segev include her debut at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where she was among the “notable standouts” according to The New York Times. Her Bach Cello Suites album was reviewed by The Washington Post, which desc…

    | Artist News
    Cellist Inbal Segev wrapped up the season with a workshop performance at VisionIntoArt’s FERUS Festival

    | Featured Artist
    Here at AICF, we do not just have one talented cellist, we have many! Inbal Segev has been described as “characterized by a strong and warm tone . . . delivered with impressive fluency and style,” by The Strad and “richly inspired” by Gramophone. What…