Aldo Parisot, The Cellist

Aldo Parisot, The Cellist

The Importance of the Circle

Susan Hawkshaw


Pendragon Press



This book chronicles the rise to fame of acclaimed cellist Aldo Parisot, who has established himself as both an extraordinary soloist and teacher.
This book presents the story of renowned cellist Aldo Parisot, who started his career in his native Brazil and then emigrated to the U.S., establishing himself as a major soloist worldwide. His colleague and friend János Starker has described Mr. Parisot as "a top-notch performer" and "the best cello teacher of his time."

Parisot expanded the cello repertoire by commissioning contemporary composers, including the Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos, as well as numerous American composers. He has, in addition, discovered and revived older music for the instrument. He has been responsible, as in the case of the Parisonatina by Donald Martino, so named in honor of Parisot, for shaping the music together with the composer. The book also considers his groundbreaking work with the cello ensemble at Yale and at festivals around the globe.

Parisot's life is interesting not only as the story of an extraordinary performer but also as a human story about overcoming hardship. His personality is colorful, and he is a compelling visual artist as well as an exciting musician.

SUSAN HAWKSHAW is on the faculty at Albertus Magnus College and at the University of New Haven, both in New Haven, CT.

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June 2018
7 colour illustrations
130 pages
9x6 in
Lives in Music
ISBN: 9781576473092
Format: Hardback
Pendragon Press
BISAC MUS050000, MUS006000, MUS020000
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Table of Contents

Conquering Brazil: Mangoes, Cantadores, and the Importance of Solfège
Establishing Himself in the United States: Yale, Hindemith, and Winning the Koussevitzky Prize
Realizing a Dream: An International Solo Career
Entr'acte: Parisot as Painter: The Importance of the Circle--A Spectrum of Color in Art and Music
Extraordinary Performances: The Parisonatina and Others--The Alaska Trip: A Beaver Coat for the Cello
Extraordinary Performances: The Most Difficult Cello Concerto--Continuing to Champion Contemporary Music
In a Spirit of Generosity: Cello Festivals in Brazil's Nordeste and Brazil's "Switzerland"
The Yale Cellos: A Sound of Clarity and Beautiful Resonance
Parisot as Master Teacher: Festivals, Master Classes, Competitions--From Banff to Beauvais and All Around the World
Appendices 1-5
Selected Bibliography
Selected Discography