About the Artists
Duo Cello e Basso
Described by NPR's Ron Schachter as "a musical Lewis and Clark, opening up new musical territories," Duo Cello e Basso “unites passion with elegance” (Boston Globe). Cellist/composer Emmanuel Feldman and double bassist Pascale Delache-Feldman partner to perform repertoire ranging from Bartok, Mozart and Rossini to Feldman, Pinkham and Schnittke. With more than 20 commissions and premiers to their credit, the duo creates dynamic programming that surprises and energizes audiences.
The duo’s Boston Celebrity Series debut featured Pulitzer Prize winner John Harbison’s “Deep Dances” written for the Duo and Rebecca Rice Dance. Other performance credits include the Kennedy Center and the Phillips Collection in DC, and abroad, at the Ferenc Liszt Academy, Budapest, Radio France, Paris and Altes Rathaus, Vienna.
As guest artists at the Pablo Casals, Yellow Barn and New Hampshire Music Festivals, the Duo has collaborated in performances of larger ensemble works from Beethoven to Shostakovich. Through themed concerts such as “French and American Connections” and “American Showcase,” their diverse programming combines contemporary and traditional works in inspiring collaborations with dancers, poets and descriptive narrative.
Recent projects have included their own arrangements of music of Piazzolla and Gardel for their upcoming CD “Let’s Tango!” with pianist Victor Cayres to be released fall 2022. Collaborations include performances with Festival Ballet Providence in a newly choreographed work by Shinji Eshima and upcoming Boston premieres of Michael Oesterle’s Parlour Games.
Together they have led master classes and residencies at schools and universities including the New York Summer Music Festival, Encore Coda and Tufts University.
Ms. Delache-Feldman is on the faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Mr. Feldman is on the faculty of New England Conservatory and both Duo members are faculty members at Tufts University.
Hailed by John Williams as “an outstanding cellist and truly dedicated artist,” Emmanuel Feldman has commissioned over 60 works by composers such as Harbison, Schuller and Kernis. Described by Gramophone as “an artist who combines communicative urgency with tonal splendor,” Feldman’s recent release Our American Roots (Delos) includes the rarely heard George Walker sonata.
Mr. Feldman has performed in the U.S. and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and composer in venues including Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau in Paris, and with groups such as the Boston Pops Orchestra and Nashville Chamber Orchestra. An enthusiastic collaborator, he has partnered in a wide range of creative projects with Bobby McFerrin, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and Verona String Quartet.
Awarded grants from the Argosy and Thomson Foundations, Feldman released two world premiere recordings, one of which earned a Grammy nomination for producer Blanton Alspaugh. Mr. Feldman’ own compositions include his own concerto “Standing Tall” for cello and orchestra featured him as the first cellist to perform standing using his patented new TekStand™ cello stand.
Emmanuel teaches at New England Conservatory and Tufts University and has given master classes at the University of Taipei, Manhattan School of Music and Peabody Institute. As an innovator, he is the inventor of the revolutionary TekPin™ cello endpin and TekStand™ cello stand.
Described by the Boston Phoenix as “a gifted colorist ….who produced an entire range of orchestral effects”, French double bassist Pascale Delache-Feldman has also been praised for her “technical certainty and musical imagination” (New Music Connoisseur).
As a chamber musician, Ms. Delache-Feldman has collaborated with violinists Midori, Joel Smirnoff, soprano Dawn Upshaw, and the St. Petersburg, Borromeo, Lark String Quartets. She can be heard on Albany, Archetype and CRI labels and is featured on Jason Heath’s podcast, Contrabass Conversations.
A committed educator and arts entrepreneur, Ms. Delache-Feldman founded and directs the Family Chamber Music Fest — Online Edition as well as the Boston Bass Bash and the Virtual Double Bass Summer Intensive, both international festivals that have drawn guest faculty performers Edwin Barker, Peter Lloyd, Tim Cobb, John Clayton and Rufus Reid.
Ms. Delache-Feldman has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and Toulouse Capitole National Orchestra (France), among others and has played with distinguished conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle.
Through her training with peak performance coach Dr. Don Greene, her Feldenkrais Method and Tai Chi studies, Pascale brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective to her teaching. She’s on the faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College and Tufts University, and has presented master classes at the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory and the University of Texas.