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ROSIN & Daniel Gaisford


The Utah cellists, Jessika Soli and Daniel Gaisford, known as Rosin, have impressed audiences with their charismatic performances and wonderfully varied programs of music from Telemann to Michael Jackson. Rosin is appearing on music series all over the country and creating great excitement wherever they play. 

In just six months of working together, Rosin has appeared in concert 20 times in the 2015 - 16 season and will record a debut album and film several videos. Inspired by 2Cellos, Rosin is performing original transcriptions of Pop and Rock as well as Classical and Romantic repertoire written by the master cellists of the 18th and 19th centuries such as David Popper, Julius Klengel, Luigi Boccherini and Jacques Offenbach. Recording plans this season include Three Duets for Two Cellos by Friedrick August Kummer. The complete canonic sonatas of George Philipp Telemann, works by Julius Klengel and transcriptions
of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.

Jessika Soli is a sought after cellist and performs regularly with pianist, William Joseph and the Empyrean quartet, to name a few. She is a graduate of the University of Utah where she studied John Eckstein and attended UNLV in Las Vegas studying with Andrew Smith. She served as principal cellist of the SouthWest Symphony and has a cello studio where she teaches a large, talented class of cellists.

Daniel Gaisford has enjoyed a career as a soloist, chamber musician and cello pedagogue. He attended the University of Southern California where he studied with Gabor Rejto and Ronald Leonard. He continued his studies at the Juilliard School of Music studying with Harvey Shapiro, Channing Robbins, Felix Galamir and Lillian Fuchs. He won 1st prize in the Juilliard School's Shostakovich Cello Competition which resulted in his debut in Lincoln Center performing the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2 with Jorge Mester conducting the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra. Following his debut, he has been invited as guest soloist with the country's leading orchestras and conductors.

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Hersch Cello Sonatas - CD Review - “Michael Hersch’s Sonata no.1 for unaccompanied cello is one of his earliest published works, written when he was 23, in 1994. The riveting piece, given a gripping performance by Daniel Gaisford, is included on the disc. The sonata’s profoundly solitary, rhapsodic first movement veers between yearning lyricism and agitated outbursts. The reflective second movement, a showcase for Mr. Gaisford’s rich, penetrating tone and searing musicality, ebbs and flows into the harmonically rich final movement, with its virtuoso challenges and almost brutal intensity. Mr. Gaisford, who to judge from this recording, deserves greater recognition, also offers a mesmerizing performance of Mr. Hersch’s seven-movement Sonata No. 2, composed in 2000. Mr. Gaisford plays with probing commitment in the passionate fifth movement, a whirlwind of octave leaps and rapidly ascending figurations. The stark staccato motif of the third movement is reprised in the sixth. A poignant chorale pierces the arching finale, which fades to a whisper on a low G.”
- New York Times (2010)

Performance at Barge Music - Brooklyn, NY “In Daniel Gaisford, Hersch has found an ideal interpreter—an ideal exponent. Gaisford is an American cellist a few years older than Hersch, and not well-known. Why this is so is a mystery—and it teaches us something about the music business. When I first heard Gaisford in Philadelphia, about a year ago, I was stunned: How could there be so good a cellist I had never heard, or even heard of? Evidently, not every master is on the covers of magazines, or the covers of CDs; some have unorthodox careers. Gaisford has a formidable technique and a formidable mind. He can make a hundred sounds: fat, thin, spiky, lyrical, rich, sickly, piercing, warm. And Hersch’s sonatas call for a great many of them. On the Barge, Gaisford played with a grave mien throughout. He gave the impression that he was not merely performing a sonata, but doing something supremely important.”
- The New Criterion (2008)

Performance in Philadelphia - “Comparisons with Bach's unaccompanied cello works are inevitable. But while Bach created a tour de force, sketching huge musical constructions with this predominantly linear instrument, Hersch did more than sketch. Though the second sonata makes passing references to Bach's dance-based movements (though in its own exploded manner), the cello was like an orchestra unto itself - it rants, pants, screams and cowers - particularly as played by the remarkable Daniel Gaisford, who may be America's greatest unknown cellist. There's a backstory there. With a slew of A-list credits, Gaisford retreated to the Colorado Rockies when he heard one of his radio performances and wasn't happy. Having stumbled upon the 1994 Sonata No. 1, written when Hersch was 23, Gaisford spent a cabin-bound winter near Basalt, Colo., working for the U.S. Forest Service and playing the explosive piece. By coincidence, he was later hired to premiere another Hersch chamber work at Carnegie Hall. The cellist, now based in Harrisburg, surprised the composer with the unaccompanied sonata memorized and understood with a depth of insight that prompted the creation of the second sonata in 2001.”
-Philadelphia Inquirer (2007)

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