Sol Gabetta, one of the leading cellists of our time, is Artist-in-Residence of the Staatskapelle Dresden for the 2019/2020 season. Recent career milestones include acclaimed debuts at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York as well as the first night of the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall. A popular guest artist at the world’s top music festivals, Sol Gabetta opened the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in 2018. Since 2005 she has taught at the Basel Academy of Music.
In recognition of her outstanding artistic achievements, Sol Gabetta received the Herbert von Karajan Prize at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2018, where she performed as a soloist with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann as well as in chamber music recitals. In 2016 she was awarded the ECHO Klassik prize as Instrumentalist of the Year for her interpretation of Pēteris Vasks’ Cello Concerto No. 2, after her recordings had already received this prestigious accolade in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013. This Grammy-nominated artist has also won prizes at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the ARD International Music Competition and received the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award in 2010 as well as the Würth Prize of Jeunesses Musicales in 2012.
Chamber music occupies a central position in Sol Gabetta’s work. Every year a large and lively circle of musicians congregates at the SOLsberg Festival in Switzerland, of which she is artistic director.
Sol Gabetta’s cello, provided by Balthazar Soulier, was built by Matteo Goffriller in Venice in 1730