Rohan de Saram


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In November 2005 Rohan bid farewell to the Arditti Quartet in order to pursue his own artistic vision. He works now with a variety of artists, friends and composers, bringing together music from a range of musical periods and parts of the world, both eastern and western, classical and contemporary, composed music and improvisations, with players from many musical backgrounds.

There are few of his generation that have such gifts” (Pablo Casals)
A rare genius, a born musician, an amazing young cellist” (Dmitri Mitropoulos)

Although he has been more recently known as an outstanding performer of contemporary music, it was as a classical artist that he made his name as a teenager and in his twenties and thirties. Having studied cello from the age of 11 with Gaspar Cassado in Italy in Siena and Florence, at the age of 16 he became the first ever winner of the coveted Suggia award to study in the UK with John Barbirolli and in Puerto Rico with Pablo Casals. A year later he received a Harriet Cohen International Music Award. In 1960 at the invitation of Dmitri Mitropoulos, who described him as “a rare genius… .a born musician… an amazing…cellist”, Rohan was invited to give his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Philharmonic, playing Khatchaturian’s Cello Concerto under the baton of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski.

Dazzling technical wizardry” (Sydney Telegraph)
de Saram is a Cello Phenomenon, one of the greatest cellists of our time” (Kolnische Rundshau)
…that prince of cellists” (Publicity for Brisbane concert, May 15 2013)

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