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Born in 1934, Anner Bylsma studied cello with Carel van Leewen Boomkamp at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, receiving the Prix d'Excellence in 1957. Competing in the Pablo Casals Competition in 1959 in Mexico, Mr. Bylsma established an international reputation by winning First Prize. In 1962 he became the principal cellist of the reknowned Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.
Mr. Bylsma has established himself in a wide variety of musical activities. He plays in several chamber ensembles including Rondom, an ensemble devoted to 20th-century music. He frequently performs with European orchestras and gives recitals at Europe's music centres.
Mr. Bylsma is perhaps best known for his interpretation of music from the baroque and early classical periods. He is a member of such outstanding ensembles as the Leonhardt Consort, La Petite Bande, and he forms a trio and one of Europe's best known chamber groups with Hans Bruggen, recorder, and Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord. Mr. Bylsma, who is among the most recorded musicians in the world of early music, has appeared on such prestigious labels as Das Alte Werk-Telefunken, Decca, BASF, Florilegium, Harmonia Mundi, (Sony) and Seon. His recordings of the Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello was released on the RCA label. He is currently on the faculties of the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He was appointed the Erasmus Scholar at Harvard in 1982.
It is especially in his reputation of Bach's Suites for Solo Cello that Mr. Bylsma has gained international reputation. He has performed these suites considered the supreme works in the literature for the instrument at all the major European festivals and accross the world, for which he received the highest critical acclaim.
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