Aldo Parisot, Cellist

Aldo Parisot is one of America's leading cello teachers. Brazilian by birth, Parisot studied cello first in Brazil, and then at Yale University, where he became a distinguished professor. Margaret Campbell in her book The Great Cellists calls him "a brilliant soloist, chamber musician and teacher who based his ideas on the playing of Feuermann."

His solo and symphonic concert appearances began in the 1950s, and he has premiered works by Hector Villa-Lobos, Camargo Guarnieri, Jose Siqueira, Quincy Porter, Mel Powell, Claudio Santoro, Donald Martino and other works dedicated to him. He is well-known for his musicality, temperament and virtuoso playing.

At Yale he formed his students into an ensemble with a unique sound called the "Yale Cellos," and they have made a number of very good recordings. Many of his students have begun well-received careers of their own as concert artists and teachers, including Irene Sharp, Shauna Rolston, Bion Tsang, Carol Ou, Ralph Kirshbaum, Jian Wang and others. Kirshbaum reports in Campbell's book, "Parisot had a virtuoso left hand technique and was a great teacher. He also furthered the use of my musical imagination in a technical sense."

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