There isn't much in the classical music world that cellist Lynn Harrell hasn't done. A renowned soloist, Harrell has worked all over the world as conductor, chamber performer, teacher and recording artist.
For this weekend's performances at the Colorado Springs Symphony, Harrell will both sit behind his trusty 17th-century Stradivarius to perform four pieces from Dvorak, Haydn, Tippett and Faure, and he stands behind the podium to conduct Beethoven's Symphony No. 1.
The son of famed baritone Mack Harrell, the cellist grew up in New York in a musical family and later studied at the Julliard School of Music and the Curtis Institute.
By the age of 18, after establishing a solo career, he was invited to join the Cleveland Orchestra. Only two years later, director George Szell appointed him principal cellist.
Since then, Harrell has racked up numerous musical medals and awards and he's played with, and conducted, some of the world's top symphony orchestras.
This season for example, he's slated to perform with the Chicago, San Francisco, Indianapolis and Milwaukee symphony orchestras, as well as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester at London's Royal Festival Hall and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia.
His discography includes the complete roster of Bach's brutal yet beautiful cello suites (on the London/Decca label), the complete Beethoven Trios (Angel/EMI), and a recording of the Schubert Trios with Ashkenazy and Zukerman (soon to be released on the London/Decca).