Lynn Harrell's presence is felt throughout the musical world. A consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher, his work in America, Europe and Asia has placed him in the highest echelon of today's performing artists.
Harrell was born in New York to musician parents, and he began his musical studies in Dallas, proceeding to the Julliard School and the Curtis Institute. He had already established a solo career when, at the age of 18, he was invited by George Szell to join the Cleveland Orchestra. Two years later Szell appointed him principal cellist, a position he held until 1971. He went on to gain numerous awards, including the Piatigorsky Award, the Ford Foundation Concert Artists' Award, and the first Avery Fisher Award (jointly with Murray Perahia).
Harrell peforms regularly with distinguished orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Radio Symphony. He has also spent almost fifty summers performing and teaching at the Aspen Music Festival. In 1994 he appeared at the Vatican with the Royal Philharmonic, conducted by Gilbert Levine, for the Vatican's historic first official commemoration of the Holocaust, attended by Pope John Paul II and the Chief Rabbi of Rome. He also appeared live on the internationally-televised 1994 Grammy Awards Show with Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman performing an excerpt from their Grammy-nominated complete Beethoven String Trios recording.
Highlights from Harrell's extensive discography of over 30 recordings include the complete Bach Cello Suites; two recordings of the Dvorák Concerto; the world premičre recording of Victor Herbert's Cello Concerto No.1 with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-fields led by Sir Neville Marriner; the Walton Concerto with Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; the Donald Erb Concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony; and two Grammy Award-winning records with Itzhak Perlman and Vladimir Ashkenazy - the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio and the complete Beethoven Piano Trios.
Harrrell plays the 1673 Jacqueline du Pré Stradivarius, and a 1720 Montagnana. He makes his home in London and Scotland with his family.