Andrew Shulman, principal cellist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra was the first British winner of the ‘Piatigorsky Artist Award’. Shulman’s careers as ‘cellist and conductor have taken him all over the world. As soloist, he has directed and performed all the major ‘cello concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the Singapore Symphony and orchestras all over Europe, the United States and the Far East, as well as giving recitals in such places as the Wigmore Hall, London “Debussy’s ‘Cello Sonata, played with fastidious poetry of phrase and technique” (The Times), the Royal Palace in Stockholm, and Buckingham Palace, London (performing ‘The Swan’ with the Prima Ballerina of the Bolshoi, in the presence of The Prince of Wales). He has also performed Strauss’ great tone poem ‘Don Quixote’ twice at the Royal Festival Hall, London (with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle and Benjamin Zander) “The Don Quixote was the finest I have heard” (The Sunday Times) and the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles (with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic) “Philharmonic principal ‘cellist Andrew Shulman’s Quixote was always eloquent and passionate” (Los Angeles Times). In recent seasons he has given performances of cello concertos by Barber “And making his Utah Symphony debut is Andrew Shulman, who gave a fabulously nuanced and impassioned performance of the (Barber) concerto…Shulman’s interpretation was of the highest caliber in terms of articulation and delivery. His technical mastery was such that he made short work of the demands Barber placed on the soloist” (Salt Lake Tribune), Bloch’s ‘Schelomo’ “Cellist Andrew Shulman joined the CRSO and Tiemeyer for an intense, spirited performance of Ernest Bloch’s “Schelomo”, Hebraic rhapsody for cello and orchestra…His flawless performance of “Schelomo” was eloquent and passionate” (Cedar Rapids Gazette), Haydn’s D major cello concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Franz Welser-Möst “The slow movement was perfectly poised…[in] the Finale, the cello seemed a gleeful sailing ship” (The Los Angeles Times) and Vivaldi’s C minor concerto “[Shulman] demonstrated not only exceptional command of his instrument but an alarming ease as he parsed each phrase in a full and gorgeous sound” (The Burbank Leader)
Born into a family of professional musicians (his father played Contrabass and his mother is an operatic soprano) Shulman studied ‘cello and composition at the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Music in London and after winning the major ‘cello prizes there, in addition to the “Madame Suggia Gift”, the “Countess of Munster Award” and the “Royal Society of Arts” prize, was appointed solo ‘cello of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, before being offered the first chair position with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, at the age of 22, by conductor Riccardo Muti. He has performed as soloist with Sir Simon Rattle, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Semyon Bychcov, Franz Welser-Möst and Esa-Pekka Salonen, amongst others. He has also recorded over twenty-five CD’s as ‘cellist of the Britten Quartet (exclusive to EMI Records from 1989 – 1995), Vivaldi ‘cello concertos for Virgin Classics “One of the high points of the disc for me is Andrew Shulman’s cello playing in the elegiac Concerto in C minor (Vivaldi RV401); and he is sensitively supported by the London Chamber Orchestra (The Gramophone Magazine) , Janacek’s Pohadka, again for EMI, ‘cello works by Delius (a world premiere recording) and was solo ‘cello on Elton John’s Candle in the Wind 1997, a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, the highest selling single of all time.
Shulman was bestowed with an ‘Honorary RCM’ by HRH The Queen Mother in 1986, and subsequently became a professor at the historic Royal College of Music in London. He has since given masterclasses all over the world, including Western and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, The Ukraine, The USA, South America, The Far East and New Zealand. In 1990 he won the prestigious ‘Piatigorsky Artist Award’ at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and returned to the USA on numerous occasions to teach and give concerts. Since coming to Los Angeles he has given many classes, among them those at the University of Southern California (USC), the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Corwin Awards Masterclass at the Los Angeles Music Center, as well as playing and teaching at the Aspen, Edinburgh International, Salzburg, Aldeburgh, Schleswig-Holstein, Cheltenham, Kuhmo, Lapland, Stavanger, Blue Mountain, Ojai, Las Vegas, La Jolla ‘Summerfest’ and San Diego ‘Mainly Mozart’ Festivals. He has also appeared at numerous other concert venues all over Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonie, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Chatelet in Paris and the Musikverein in Vienna. In 2010 he was invited to join the faculty of the University of Southern California (USC) and now has a flourishing studio there.
As conductor, he has performed extensively in the UK, Germany, Ireland and Scandinavia. This season he made his US conducting debut. His performances have included the symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Haydn, Mahler, Mozart, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky “The conductor Andrew Shulman really carried the orchestra along…like a British Leonard Bernstein whose brilliance was still burning in Haydn’s Philosopher Symphony. This was of a quality for which one may search but rarely find (Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung) and major orchestral works by Bartok, Debussy, Dvorak, Elgar, Holst, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Strauss and Stravinsky. He has given performances of Haydn’s symphonies under the auspices of H.C. Robbins Landon at the Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, with the Britten-Pears Orchestra, and has conducted the world premieres of several major works, as well as collaborating with some notable soloists, including Rafael Wallfisch, Colin Carr and Bernard D’Ascoli. He was invited by the Britten-Pears Foundation to conduct the first performance of an important early work by Benjamin Britten, with the Britten-Pears Orchestra at Britten’s Snape Maltings in Suffolk, England. He has been guest conductor with the Haydn Chamber Orchestra (London), the Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra (Bristol), the Saloman Orchestra (London), the Jonkoping Orchestra (Sweden), the Ambache Chamber Orchestra (London), the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra (London), the Royal College of Music Chamber Orchestra (London), the RCM String Ensemble (London), The Peninsula Symphony (USA), the Culver City Symphony (USA) and the Ulster Youth Orchestra (Ireland), as well as directing the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the London Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in concerto performances from the solo cello chair. In the field of opera, he has conducted Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro (1998) and Cosi Fan Tutte (2000) in successful new productions at the Theatre Royal, Bristol. Last season he made his conducting debut with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in their main series, to great critical acclaim.
In 1999 he was appointed principal cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. “The new principal ‘cellist, Andrew Shulman, whose influence on the string section is beginning to make itself heard…The ‘cellos, brilliantly powerful” (Los Angeles Times) and also resumed his activities as one of the most sought after solo ‘cellists working in the TV and Movie music industry. At the end of 2002 he left the Philharmonic in order to expand his solo, chamber music, teaching and conducting activities still further, having made his family’s home in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. In 2007 and 2008 he recorded three new cello concertos written specially for him, composed by Christopher Stone, Nathaniel Levisay and Maria Newman.
Shulman also composes, and recently premiered his own Smaller Music For Strings in the UK, as well as collaborating with the legendary German rock/classical guitarist Uli Jon Roth in performances in Hollywood, California (playing Shulman’s electric cello/guitar instrumental ‘H.A.N.D’, which was a winner in the International Songwriting Competition of 2007). In 2008 he was appointed principal cello of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and last year he gave several performances of cello concertos by Vivaldi (the C minor) and Schumann (the great A minor Cello Concerto) as part of the LACO main series in Los Angeles. The 2010/2011 season also saw the beginning of an exciting collaboration with pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane, culminating in several performances of the complete works for piano and cello by Beethoven. He also performed chamber music with Kahane and Margaret Batjer in Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Pasadena Symphony, Beethoven sonatas at the Piatigorsky Cello Festival in Los Angeles and Bach at the Zipper Concert Hall in LA. Last season he celebrated the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth with numerous performances of his Sonata, and also the premiere of a new sonata by Broughton commissioned for the occasion. This season he gives the world premiere of the Broughton Cello Concerto at the Jacaranda concert series, gives a baroque cello recital for LACO at Zipper Hall and appears at the Sonoma and La Jolla summer festivals with Augustin Hadelich and Jeffrey Kahane.
Andrew Shulman last performed for La Jolla Music Society during SummerFest 2010.