Cellist Sol Gabetta studied at the Queen Sofía College of Music in Madrid, then in the class of Ivan Monighetti in Basel for approximately ten years and finally under David Geringas at the Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler in Berlin. In 2004 she won the prestigious prize Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award. It gave her career a decisive momentum and allowed her to play with the Vienna Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev. Thereafter she performed on the greatest European and American stages, either playing the great concertos of the repertoire or music chamber pieces, recitals with piano or baroque pieces. She can as easily play the concertos of Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Elgar and Haydn as she can those of Martinů or Barber. She frequently plays the piece Gramata Cellam of the Latvian composer Peteris Vasks.
Her first recording dedicated to Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns and Ginastera was rewarded with the prize ECHO in 2007. Since then, she has recorded about ten albums dedicated to Vivaldi, Shostakovich… In 2008 she performed alongside Yo-Yo Ma the Concertos for two cellos of Leonard Slatkin, conducted by the composer himself. She initiated the “Capella Gabetta” project. It revolved around Vivaldi’s concerti and his contemporaries musicians specialized in baroque music. Sol’s brother, the violinist Andrés Gabetta, conducted that ensemble. She plays on one of the rare cellos built by Guadagnini, made in 1759.
Six landmark dates in the life of Sol Gabetta
1996: Second prize at the International Music Execution Competition “Dr Luis Sigall”.
1998: Third prize at the ARD International Music Competition
2004: won the first prize at the Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award
2005: became an assisting professor at the Music Academy in Basel
2006: launched the Solsberg Festival in Olsberg (Switzerland)
2006: release of her first album, Variations on a rococo Theme of Tchaikovsky
Radio France musical documentation biography, March 2014