Cellist Sol Gabetta Debuts with LA Philharmonic

Sol Gabetta and Leonard Slatkin
Sol Gabetta hand-in-hand with Leonard Slatkin after a debut performance of Martinu’s Cello Concerto No. 1.

In her debut performance with the LA Philharmonic, cellist Sol Gabetta offered a show-stopping performance that demanded an encore. As a part of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Gabetta performed Martinů’s Cello Concerto No. 1 under the direction of conductor Leonard Slatkin.

Slatkin primed the audience for an exciting afternoon program: the LA Phil started off with a performance of Rossini’s William Tell Overture, followed by Martinů’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E minor with Gabetta at the helm. Gabetta played with a noticeable force—passionately leaning into each note, smiling while navigating through complex passages. In between the Allegro moderato and Andante poco moderato movements, she ripped off broken bow hair with a smile, and nodded at Slatkin to signal she was ready to continue. The concerto was a LA Phil debut—both it and Gabetta received a standing ovation.


Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall

The program ended with the LA Phil performing Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique. For more information on the Piatigorsky Cello Festival, click here.