The cellist Silvia Chiesa is among the most prominent Italian performers on the international scene, with a long list of concerts and recordings. During an intense career she has developed a very personal style that combines a strong originality of repertoire choices with the refined passionate nature of her interpretations. Her contribution to the relaunch of the Italian twentieth-century solo repertoire was decisive. With the pianist Maurizio Baglini she can count more than 250 concerts all over the world, with a vast duo repertoire.
One of the world’s leading cellists, Jacqueline du Pré was born in Oxford on
26 January 1945. Her musical prowess became quickly apparent. She started
to live with multiple sclerosis at the age of twenty-six, when at the height of
her fame. Her illness forced her to stop performing at the age of twenty-eight. She lost her battle at age forty-two, in 1987.