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Inbal Segev’s 2023-24: World Premiere Performances of Polevá’s Cello Concerto with Kirill Karabits Leading Co-Commissioning Dallas Symphony (Nov 9, 11, 12)

Cellist also reunites with Marin Alsop to perform Anna Clyne’s DANCE with São Paulo and Colorado Symphonies (Nov & Feb)

“A cellist with something to say.” – Gramophone

(September 2023) — Long known as an established driving force in the creation of new cello repertoire for the 21st century, Inbal Segev makes her Dallas Symphony Orchestra debut this fall in the world premiere performances of Ukrainian composer Victoria Vita Polevá’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, led by conductor Kirill Karabits and co-commissioned by the orchestra (Nov 9, 11, 12), before reprising the work for its UK premiere with another co-commissioner, the London Philharmonic Orchestra led by Oksana Lyniv (Feb 9). Also highlighting Segev’s 2023-24 season are continued performances of Anna Clyne’s cello concerto DANCE. Segev commissioned the work after being introduced to Clyne by MacArthur Award-winning conductor Marin Alsop, with whom she reunites this season to perform the piece with both the São Paulo Symphony (Nov 2–5) – marking another debut for the cellist – and the Colorado Symphony (Feb 23–25). She also performs DANCE this season with the Bozeman Symphony led by Music Director Norman Huynh (Sep 23 & 24) and with Virginia’s Fairfax Symphony led by Music Director Christopher Zimmerman (May 18). Segev reprises another recently commissioned work in the fall, performing Vijay Iyer’s Human Archipelago with the Fresno Philharmonic led by Music Director Rei Hotoda (Nov 18 & 19). Spring sees the cellist perform in the “Wonders We Carry Inside” Gala, an evening of music honoring the mystical beauty of Persian culture and the power of women to shape history both past and present, composed and curated by Iranian American composer Gity Razaz and featuring, along with Segev, kamancheh player Niloufar Shiri and musicians of the San Diego Symphony (March 20). Soon thereafter she spends a week at the Guadalajara International Music Festival (March 24–April 3). Finally, next June Segev teams up with American conductor Garrett Keast and his chamber orchestra, BAAM (Berlin Academy of American Music), to record Avner Dorman’s cello concerto, commissioned by Segev in 2012, for Faroe Records.

Looking forward to the season, Segev comments:

“This season I am delighted to make my debuts with the Dallas Symphony and maestro Kirill Karabits as well as with the São Paulo Symphony, conducted by my longtime friend and collaborator Marin Alsop. Working to bring new cello concertos by two fantastic living composers, Anna Clyne and Victoria Polevá, to new audiences is something that I am particularly excited about. I can’t wait to connect with my audiences this season.”

Segev’s performances of Anna Clyne’s DANCE this season come on the heels of last season’s tour across two continents in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship (TACF), which Marin Alsop founded to help other women follow in her own pioneering footsteps. Nine TACF award winners conducted orchestral concerts in Chicago, Philadelphia, London, Madrid and six more cities around the world, with Segev performing Clyne’s concerto on each program. The cellist also released a “hugely impressive” (The Guardian) recording of Clyne’s concerto on the Avie label in 2020 that has subsequently been played more than ten million times on Spotify.

The New York Times describes Vijay Iyer as a “social conscience, multimedia collaborator, rhapsodist and multicultural gateway.” A tenured Harvard professor whose many honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Grammy nomination and Jazz Times’s Artist of the Year, Iyer was one of the composers represented on Volume II of 20 for 2020, Segev’s four-volume collection of new chamber works she commissioned in response to the unprecedented worldwide crises that characterized 2020, to capture something of that collective experience and encourage creative recovery from it. Last season, Segev gave the world premiere of Iyer’s Human Archipelago – which concerns the entanglement of climate change and forced migration – with the London Philharmonic led by Edward Gardner, before performances with the Oregon Symphony – marking the work’s U.S. premiere – and the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra.

Segev’s ambitious 20 for 2020 project was praised by The Strad for “lush, nuanced, never less than assertively projected playing.” Gramophone likewise praised the cellist’s “understated authority,” finding her to be “a secure advocate for the widest range of musical idioms.” The same review concluded: “Finely recorded and with copious notes, this labor of love has an ambition matched by its achievement.”

About Inbal Segev

Inbal Segev is “a cellist with something to say” (Gramophone). Combining rich tone and technical mastery with rare dedication and intelligence, she has appeared with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony, collaborating with such prominent conductors as Marin Alsop, Stéphane Denève, Lorin Maazel, Cristian Măcelaru and Zubin Mehta. Committed to reinvigorating the cello repertoire, she has commissioned new works from Timo Andres, Avner Dorman, Gity Razaz, Dan Visconti and Anna Clyne. Recorded with Alsop and the London Philharmonic for Avie Records, Segev’s 2020 premiere recording of Clyne’s cello concerto, DANCE, was an instant success, topping the Amazon Classical Concertos chart; its opening movement was chosen as one of NPR Music’s “Favorite Songs of 2020,” receiving more than eight million listens on Spotify, and Segev has continued to tour extensively with the piece. At the start of the pandemic, Segev launched “20 for 2020,” a commissioning, recording and video project featuring 20 cutting-edge composers, including Vijay Iyer, Molly Joyce, Viet Cuong and John Luther Adams. Her previous discography includes acclaimed recordings of the Elgar Cello Concerto, Romantic cello works and Bach’s Cello Suites, while her popular YouTube masterclass series, Musings with Inbal Segev, has thousands of international subscribers and over two million views to date.

A native of Israel, at 16 Segev was invited by Isaac Stern to continue her cello studies in the U.S., where she earned degrees from Yale University and the Juilliard School, before co-founding the Amerigo Trio with former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus. Segev’s cello was made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1673.

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Inbal Segev: 2023-24 season engagements
Sep 23 & 24
Bozeman, MT
Bozeman Symphony
Norman Huynh, conductor

 Oct 13
Davidson, NC
Davidson College, Sloan Music Center, Tyler-Tallman Hall
Amerigo Trio (with Glenn Dicterow, violin; Karen Dreyfus, viola)

Nov 2–5
São Paulo, Brazil
São Paulo Symphony
Marin Alsop, conductor

Nov 9, 11 & 12
Dallas, TX
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits, conductor
Victoria Vita POLEVÁ: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (world premiere, DSO co-commission) 

Nov 18 & 19
Fresno, CA
Fresno Philharmonic
Rei Hotoda, conductor
Vijay AYER: Human Archipelago for Cello and Orchestra (Fresno Philharmonic co-commission)

 Feb 9
London, UK
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Oksana Lyniv, conductor
Victoria Vita POLEVÁ: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (UK premiere, LPO co-commission)

 Feb 23–25
Denver, CO
Colorado Symphony
Marin Alsop, conductor

  March 20
San Diego, CA
The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park
“The Wonders We Carry Inside” Gala
Gity Razaz, composer & curator
Niloufar Shiri, kamancheh
Musicians of the San Diego Symphony 

March 24–April 3
Guadalajara, Mexico
Guadalajara International Music Festival

 May 18
Fairfax, VA
Fairfax Symphony
Christopher Zimmerman, conductor


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