Pablo Casals International Cello Competition winner Inbal Segev, praised for her “glowing, burnished tone” (Washington Post) celebrates music for solo cello by 21st century women composers, including the magical, ethereal multi-media Legend of Sigh by Gity Razaz.
Segev engages the audience with illuminating commentary between performing works of note by 21st Century Women.
The program’s focal point, Legend of Sigh, is a new multimedia, immersive piece for cello and electronics written for Segev by Razaz with video and projection design by filmmaker Carmen Kordas. Legend of Sigh explores the themes of birth, transformation, and death through the retelling of an old Azerbaijani folktale about a mysterious being, Sigh, who appears every time someone lets out a heartfelt sigh, unknowingly calling out to him.
Anna Clyne: Rest These Hands
Missy Mazzoli: A Thousand Tongues
Augusta Read Thomas: Spring Song
Gity Razaz: Legend of Sigh
Clyne, Rest These Hands; Read Thomas, Spring Song; Mazzoli, A Thousand Tongues;Razaz, Legend of Sigh
Inbal Segev’s playing has been described as “delivered with impressive fluency and style,” by The Strad. Equally committed to new repertoire 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 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 by, Avner Dorman, Timo Andres, Gity Razaz, Dan Visconti and more. She is also 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 2015), works by Lucas Richman with the Pittsburgh Symphony (Albany 2015), 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 serenades by Dohnányi (Navona). Her recording with pianist Juho Pohjonen of the music of Chopin, Schumann, and Grieg will be released in 2018.
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.
Inbal Segev’s YouTube channel, featuring music videos and her popular masterclass series Musings with Inbal Segev, has thousands of subscribers and nearly half a million views.