Guilhermina Suggia

A unique name in music history. Guilhermina Suggia (b. 27th June 1885 - d. 30th July 1950) took the world by storm when, still a youngster, was invited to play, as a soloist, in many ot the most important concert halls throughout Europe, where she thrilled everyone with her perfect technique and overwhelming, enticing style. She was one of the first women cellists to work as a soloist and had works dedicated to her by several composers. For a few years, until 1913, she lived in Paris, with companion and former teacher Pablo Casals, and they were considered the best cello players of the day. After they split up, she moved to London, where she was cherished as a performer and settled while developping her highly praised international career. Moving back to Portugal, in the late 1920s, she kept on touring and tutoring and formed a new generation of young cellists who later passed on her teachings to their own pupils. She worked with some of the greatest Portuguese musicians of her time, namely pianist and composer José Viana da Mota, conductor Pedro de Freitas Branco and violinist Bernardo Moreira de Sá. On her will, Guilhermina Suggia left her Stardivarius to the Royal Academy of Music, in London, and her Montagnana to the Conservatoire in Oporto, with the purpose of creating a fund, both in the UK and Portugal, to help young cello students. Check out Suggia's blog (mostly in Portuguese) for a lot of information and photos, as well as for a complete bibliography (including several books and articles in English).

Suggia plays Max Bruch's "Kol Nidrei"

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