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Inbal Segev: Bio

"glowing, burnished tone" - The Washington Post

"The cellist's tone is warm, pure and beautiful." - Strings Magazine 

"Inbal Segev has everything I demand from a cellist, her tone is steady and beautifully clear...Segev treats her cello with full comprehension. A level of freedom where all is natural authority...the technical skills are amazing. Nothing seems to be difficult in her hands." - The Helsinki Times​

"Soloist Inbal Segev's ferocious energy had the listeners on the edge of their seats as if they were watching a NASCAR race in sound." - Anchorage Daily News  

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," "richly inspired," and "very moving indeed," 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. 

Segev releases her recording of the complete Cello Suites of J.S. Bach in fall 2015 on the Vox label. Audiences will have the opportunity to look behind the scenes at the making of Segev's album through a companion documentary film about her journey through the music of Bach. She has performed Bach's Cello Suites in venues around the world including Lincoln Center and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Shanghai Concert Hall, and Henry Crown Hall in the Jerusalem Theatre.

Inbal Segev has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Castleton Festival Orchestra with Lorin Maazel, 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. She has recently premiered cello concertos by Avner Dorman and Lucas Richman. Segev gave the U.S. premiere of English composer Sir Arthur Sullivan's Cello Concerto in D Major. She performed jazz composer David Baker's cello concerto in New York, and was the first cellist to perform Henri Dutilleux's challenging Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher for solo cello at Carnegie Hall. Commissioning new repertoire for the cello is a priority for Segev; current projects include new works by composers Gity Razaz, Timo Andres, and Fernando Otero.

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

In addition to her new Bach album, Segev's discography includes 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 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. 

1 Bach: Cello Suite #1 in G Maj. - I. Prelude
2 Bach: Cello Suite #1 in G Maj. - II. Allemande
3 Bach: Cello Suite #1 in G Maj. - III. Courante
4 Bach: Cello Suite #1 in G Maj. - IV. Sarabande
5 Bach: Cello Suite #1 in G Maj. - V. Menuet I & II
6 Bach: Cello Suite #1 in G Maj. - VI. Gigue
7 Bach: Cello Suite #3 in C Maj. - I. Prelude
8 Bach: Cello Suite #3 in C Maj. - II. Allemande
9 Bach: Cello Suite #3 in C Maj. - III. Courante
10 Bach: Cello Suite #3 in C Maj. - IV. Sarabande
11 Bach: Cello Suite #3 in C Maj. - V. Bourree I & II
12 Bach: Cello Suite #3 in C Maj. - VI. Gigue
13 Bach: Cello Suite #5 in C Min. - I. Prelude
14 Bach: Cello Suite #5 in C Min. - II. Allemande
15 Bach: Cello Suite #5 in C Min. - III. Courante
16 Bach: Cello Suite #5 in C Min. - IV. Sarabande
17 Bach: Cello Suite #5 in C Min. - V. Gavotte I & II
18 Bach: Cello Suite #5 in C Min. - VI. Gigue
19 Bach: Cello Suite #2 in D Min. - I. Prelude
20 Bach: Cello Suite #2 in D Min. - II. Allemande
21 Bach: Cello Suite #2 in D Min. - III. Courante
22 Bach: Cello Suite #2 in D Min. - IV. Sarabande
23 Bach: Cello Suite #2 in D Min. - V. Menuet I & II
24 Bach: Cello Suite #2 in D Min. - VI. Gigue
25 Bach: Cello Suite #4 in E-Flat Maj. - I. Prelude
26 Bach: Cello Suite #4 in E-Flat Maj. - II. Allemande
27 Bach: Cello Suite #4 in E-Flat Maj. - III. Courante
28 Bach: Cello Suite #4 in E-Flat Maj. - IV. Sarabande
29 Bach: Cello Suite #4 in E-Flat Maj. - V. Bourree I & II
30 Bach: Cello Suite #4 in E-Flat Maj. - VI. Gigue
31 Bach: Cello Suite No. 6 in D Maj. - I. Prelude
32 Bach: Cello Suite No. 6 in D Maj. - II. Allemande
33 Bach: Cello Suite No. 6 in D Maj. - III. Courante
34 Bach: Cello Suite No. 6 in D Maj. - IV. Sarabande
35 Bach: Cello Suite No. 6 in D Maj. - V. Gavotte I & II
36 Bach: Cello Suite No. 6 in D Maj. - VI. Gigue
Inbal Segev and the Bach Cello Suites: Trailer
Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major: First Movement, Part 1 - Musings with Inbal Segev
Bach Masterclass: Sarabande from Suite No. 6 - Musings with Inbal Segev
How to Maximize Your Cello?s Tone - Musings with Inbal Segev

"first class...richly inspired...very moving indeed" – Gramophone Magazine

Cellist Inbal Segev's latest album Bach Cello Suites, recorded in New York City's Academy of Arts and Letters, will be released by Vox Classics on September 18 in the US, and November 6 worldwide. Known for her "warm, pure and beautiful tone" (Strings Magazine), Segev recorded J.S. Bach's monumental solo Cello Suites over a period of six months, working with Grammy-winning producer Da-Hong Seetoo. The album will be available on CD and digitally, including in high resolution from HD Tracks, Classics Online, and other retailers.

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