Cellist Andrew Shulman and pianist Fabio Bidini perform Beethoven: 12 Variations on “See the conqu’ring hero comes,” WoO 45, and Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata, Opus 19.
Andrew Shulman is a principal cellist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. His varied careers as cellist, composer, and conductor have taken him all over the world. As soloist, he has performed with such prestigious orchestras as the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony, and orchestras all over Europe. He has also performed at major venues, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Wiener Musikverein, London’s Wigmore Hall, Buckingham Palace, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Palace in Stockholm, and the Hollywood Bowl. He studied cello and composition at the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Music in London, and was the first British winner of the Piatigorsky Artist Award. His other prizes include the Madame Suggia Gift, the Countess of Munster Award, and the Royal Society of Arts prize. He was appointed solo cello of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and offered the first chair position with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra at the age of 22 by conductor Riccardo Muti. He is currently an adjunct associate professor at the USC Thornton School of Music.
Italian pianist Fabio Bidini is one of this generation’s top-flight pianists. His appearances have included performances with The London Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican, The Philharmonia Orchestra of London at Royal Festival Hall, the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Dallas Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Forth Worth Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra Prague at the Rudolphinum, and the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra at Liszt Academy Hall. He has collaborated with conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Carlos Prieto, Max Valdes, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Ivan Fisher, Jesus Lopez Cobos, JoAnn Falletta, Zoltan Kocsis, Michael Christie, and Gianandrea Noseda.