Celebrated cellist Sebastian Bäverstam will present a recital on Friday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. in the Geneva Room of Warren Hunting Smith Library on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Baverstam, accompanied by pianist Constantine Finehouse, will perform works by Beethoven, Debussy, Frank, and Popper.
Praised for his “…powerfully expressive style,” Bäverstam is a winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. His recent performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall was noted for its”consummate instrumental mastery,” with critic Dennis Rooney declaring “…the emergence of a mature artist.” Bäverstam was selected subsequently by Musical America as its “New Artist of the Month.”
A winner of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, Bäverstam performed the Shostakovich Concerto with the BSO at Symphony Hall. In 2007, he was called on to substitute for Lynn Harrell with the Cape Cod Symphony on only six hours notice. He delighted the audience playing Schumann’s Cello Concerto and was praised by the Cape Cod Times for his “insightful musicianship and poetic feeling.”
Bäverstam offered his first full recital at the age of six at Harvard University and his first concerto with orchestra at the age of seven. In 2002 at the age of 14, he made his Weill Hall debut. Since then he has given numerous solo recitals, recently performing all six Bach cello suites at Williams College. He appeared as the featured young artist of the 2005 Williamstown Chamber Concerts and has also performed at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, the ASCAP awards at Lincoln Center, the Théatre des Champs Elysées in Paris and many other venues.
A dual citizen of the United States and Sweden, Bäverstam has participated in master classes with Frans Helmerson, Orlando Cole, Pieter Wispelwey, and Bernard Greenhouse, among others, and he currently studies with Paul Katz at the New England Conservatory in Boston.
Admission is free; donations will be gratefully accepted.