Inbal Segev and the Bach Cello Suites
by Nick Davis Productions
A Documentary Following the Recording of Segev’s 2015 Album
Premiering Today on BlogCritics: http://bit.ly/1QXyhcg
“an unusual and intriguing glimpse into the life of a virtuoso” – BlogCritics
Friday, October 30, 2015 at 8pm: Segev Performs Bach Suites Nos. 2, 4 & 6
Bargemusic | 1 Water St., Fulton Ferry Landing | Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $35 ($30 Seniors & $15 Students) at www.bargemusic.org
“deft and thoughtful” – The New York Times
Inbal Segev: www.inbalsegev.com | Bach Press Page: http://bit.ly/SegevBachPress
New York, NY – Cellist Inbal Segev’s latest album Bach Cello Suites, recorded in New York City’s Academy of Arts and Letters, was released by Vox Classics on September 18 in the US and will be available on November 6 worldwide. Nick Davis Productions has released a companion documentary titled Inbal Segev and the Bach Cello Suites, which follows Segev’s journey recording the suites, from readying her cello at an upstate New York luthier, through an emotional and exhausting period of study and rehearsal, and finally into the recording studio. Segev recorded Bach’s Cello Suites over a period of six months at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City, working with Grammy-winning producer Da-Hong Seetoo. Since its release in September, The New York Times has called her performance “deft and thoughtful” and The Buffalo News wrote, “her performances are warm, strong and fluid.”
Segev explains, “Recording this work is one of the biggest challenges I have had as a cellist. It is the culmination of years of studying the suites. Ultimately, the challenge for me was to find a way to incorporate the ideas I learned from Baroque practice while being true to my musical language, which is rooted in this century. I wanted to create an interpretation of this great masterwork for the contemporary listener – to say, ‘Here is what Bach has to say to people in the 21st century.’ In this recording I strive for simplicity while trying to keep a sense of freedom. Da-Hong and I worked at capturing a pure and warm sound. It is a distillation of everything I love about the suites.”
Segev has performed Bach’s Cello Suites in venues around the world including Lincoln Center and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Shanghai Concert Hall, and Henry Crown Hall in the Jerusalem Theatre. She performed Suites Nos. 1, 3 & 5 at Bargemusic on September 25, 2015 and will return to perform Suites Nos. 2, 4 & 6 on October 30 at 8pm. Tickets available for $35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student) at www.bargemusic.org.
This recording was supplemented by a successful PledgeMusic campaign, which offered supporters exclusive access to pre-order the album, first looks at video and outtakes from the documentary, plus Segev’s observations on living with and learning the timeless music of Bach. Five-percent of all support will be donated to the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, an organization that has supported Segev’s career since she was seven years old.
Inbal Segev’s playing has been described as “delivered with impressive fluency and style,” by The Strad. Equally committed to new repertoire for the cello and known masterworks, Segev brings interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to the vast range of solo and chamber music that she performs.
Segev has performed as soloist with many acclaimed orchestras internationally and made debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic, led by Zubin Mehta, at age 17. She has commissioned new works from composers including Avner Dorman, Timo Andres, Gity Razaz, and more. In addition to her work as a soloist, she is a founding member of the Amerigo Trio with former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus.
Segev’s discography includes Bach’s Cello Suites (Vox) released September 2015, a world premiere recording of works by Lucas Richman with the Pittsburgh Symphony (Albany), Sonatas by Beethoven and Boccherini (Opus One), Nigun (Vox), and Max Schubel’s Concerto for Cello (Opus One). With the Amerigo Trio she has recorded the Dohnányi Serenade (Navona).
Inbal Segev’s many honors include the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship and top prizes at the Pablo Casals, Paulo, and Washington International Competitions. She began playing the cello in Israel at age five and at 16 was invited by Isaac Stern to come to the U.S. to continue her studies. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale University.
Inbal Segev lives in New York with her husband and three children. Her cello was made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1673.
For more information, visit www.inbalsegev.com.