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date: 17 May 2021

Bylsma, Anner locked

  • Margaret Campbell


(b The Hague, Feb 17, 1934; d Amsterdam, July 25, 2019). Dutch cellist. He studied with Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague (1950–55), and was awarded the Conservatory’s prix d’excellence in 1957. The following year he was appointed principal cellist of the Netherlands Opera Orchestra and in 1959 won first prize in the Casals Competition in Mexico. From 1962 to 1968 he was principal cellist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam (1962–8). During this time he began to tour the world as a soloist and chamber musician and made his British début at the Wigmore Hall in 1963. Bylsma was renowned for his versatility, and used both period and modern instruments. In addition to his solo performances he made many trio appearances with Frans Brüggen and Gustav Leonhardt, and was a co-founder of the chamber ensemble L’Archibudelli. He taught at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, and the Sweelinck Conservatorium, Amsterdam, and also gave masterclasses throughout the world. He made many recordings, ranging from Bach’s solo suites and Vivaldi concertos to works by Schumann and Brahms. His playing was based on a faultless technique and a lyrical tone of uncommon sweetness and purity. He played a Gofriller Baroque cello, dated ...

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