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Bohemian Inspirations: Johnson City Symphony Orchestra welcomes guest cellist for concert

Contributed • Oct 8, 2018 at 9:28 PM

Who: Cellist Inbal Segev 

What: A concert with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra 

Where: Seeger Chapel on Milligan College’s main campus 

When: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. 

How much: $10-$35 

Cellist Inbal Segev, known for her "glowing, burnished tone” will perform Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor as the guest soloist with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra at Milligan College’s Seeger Chapel. This all-Dvořák program, entitled “Bohemian Inspirations,” is led by Music Director Robert J. Seebacher and includes Prague Waltzes and Symphony No. 7, Op. 70.

Composed in New York City in 1894-95, Dvořák’s Cello Concerto was the last solo concerto he wrote and is one of the most beloved works of cellists worldwide. Segev reminisces, “The bigger than life Dvořák concerto is a piece that I have played since I was 14 years old so it grew with me and still feels new every time I play it. It is rich with beautiful melodies and virtuosic passages and a tour de force for the cello and cellist.”

Inbal Segev’s playing has been described as “characterized by a strong and warm tone . . . delivered with impressive fluency and style,” by The Strad; and “first class,” and “richly inspired,” by Gramophone. Equally committed to new repertoire and masterworks, Segev brings interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to the vast range of music she performs.

Inbal Segev has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Castleton Festival Orchestra with Lorin Maazel, Albany Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Bogotá Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Dortmund Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Polish National Radio Symphony, and the Bangkok Symphony. She made debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic, led by Zubin Mehta, at age 17.

Segev’s repertoire includes all of the standard concerti and solo works for cello, as well as new pieces and rarely performed gems. Recent concerto premieres include Timo Andres’ Upstate Obscura with Metropolis Ensemble at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (April 2018) and Dan Visconti’s Tangle Eye with the California Symphony (May 2017). In February 2018 with the Albany Symphony, Segev was the first cellist to perform Christopher Rouse’s Violoncello Concerto since Yo-Yo Ma premiered it in the 1990s. She commissioned and premiered Gity Razaz’s Legend of Sigh for cello and electronics at National Sawdust in Brooklyn and has co-curated the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival with Marin Alsop since its inception in 2017.

Inbal Segev is a founding member of the Amerigo Trio with former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus. She has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has collaborated with artists such as Emanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, Jeremy Denk, Juho Pohjonen, Anthony McGill, Jason Vieaux, Gilbert Kalish, Michael Tree, Anne Akiko Meyers, the American Chamber Players, and the Vogler Quartet. Festival appearances include the Banff, Ravinia, Bowdoin, Olympic, Cape & Islands, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra New Music festivals in North America; the Siena, Rolandseck, and Montpellier festivals in Europe; and the Jerusalem Music Center and Upper Galilee festivals in Israel.

Segev’s discography includes works by Grieg, Chopin, and Schumann with pianist Juho Pohjonen (AVIE); the complete Cello Suites of J.S. Bach (Vox); Lucas Richman’s Three Pieces for Cello and Orchestra with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Albany); Sonatas by Beethoven and Boccherini (Opus One); Nigun (Vox); and Max Schubel’s Concerto for Cello and Horn (Opus One). With the Amerigo Trio she has recorded serenades by Dohnányi (Navona).

Inbal Segev's YouTube channel features music videos and her popular masterclass series, Musings with Inbal Segev, which has thousands of subscribers across continents and close to one million views. The masterclass videos cover core cello repertoire, previews of new works, and many aspects of cello technique.

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 earned degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale University. Inbal Segev lives in New York City with her husband and three children. Her cello was made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1673.

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