Cellist ANTONIO LYSY is an artist of international stature. He has performed as soloist worldwide, in major concert halls including the Royal Festival Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Tonhalle,Salle Pleyel, Wigmore Hall, Sala Verdi, Berlin Philharmonie and Teatro Colon and has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras of London, Camerata Academica of Salzburg, Camerata Lysy Gstaad, Zurich Tonhalle, the Zagreb Soloists, Orchestra di Padova e il Veneto, Israel Sinfonietta, City of London Sinfonia and in Canada with the Montreal, Toronto, Symphony Orchestras as well as the Thirteen Strings of Ottawa. He has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Yuri Temirkanov, Charles Dutoit, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Vegh and Kees Bakels.
Highlights from this season include praised recitals at the Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts broadcast on live radio (an extraordinary recital celebrating Bach and the cello, performing on a variety of cellos: baroque, electric and acoustic), a recital closing the Clark Library series with pianist Pascal Rogé, and chamber music collaborations of note at UCLA’s Royce Hall, Schoenberg Hall and Colburn’s Zipper Hall.
A recent cello extravaganza project with Les Violons du Roi in their new and fabulous hall in the heart of Quebec City led ‘Le Soleil’ to remark: 'Antonio Lysy shone and enchanted his audience in an arrangement for cello and strings of Schubert’s Arpeggione…'
Future engagements include a complete Beethoven sonata cycle tour in the U.S. and Canada with pianist Jane Coop, chamber recitals and debut festival appearances on the West Coast of the United States and Canada.
His love and commitment to chamber music is demonstrated by his musical directorship and founding in 1989 of the annual Incontri in Terra di Siena Chamber Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy. 2008 will mark its twentieth anniversary. Distinguished artists from around the globe take part in this idyllic summer retreat, which is crowned by performances of chamber music masterpieces in medieval fortresses, palazzi and churches in this Southern Tuscan region. For more information visit - itslafoce.org -
Mr. Lysy has recorded extensively for CBC Radio, BBC Radio, Classic FM and other European radio networks. In addition, he has recorded for the Claves, Dinemec Classics, Fonè, and Pelléas labels. His live recording of solo cello repertoire by Bach, Berio, Henze and Walton was released on the Pelléas label to high critical acclaim ("...some of the most beautiful Bach ever heard" – La Presse, Montréal).
In addition to his concert career, Antonio Lysy was, for a number of years, professor at McGill University in Montreal, and visiting professor at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. In the summer of 2003 he accepted the position of Professor at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) where he now resides.