Isang Enders

Cello

"a reflective and highly intelligent young man and a wonderful musician whom Bach would have appreciated."

Radio Bremen

"he reconciles the seemingly irreconcilable: virtuosity, good taste, knowledge and originality."

BBC Music Magazine

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Isang Enders has established himself as a leading artist in search of new concepts and works for the violoncello. Born into a German-Korean musician family in Frankfurt in 1988, Isang Enders began studying with Michael Sanderling at the age of twelve. His playing has since been influenced by his studies with Gustav Rivinius, Truls Mørk, and above all, by the mentoring of the American cellist Lynn Harrell.

 At the age of twenty, Isang Enders was appointed principal cello of the Dresden Staatskapelle, making him the youngest section leader in Germany. During his four years with the orchestra, he also co-founded the Gohrisch Shostakovich Festival alongside Tobias Niederschlag.

 Isang Enders has performed with London’s  Philharmonia Orchestra, making his debut in the Music of Today Series at Southbank Centre and enjoyed collaborations with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France,  Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker under eminent conductors including Myung-Whun Chung, Fabien Gabel, Christoph Eschenbach, Pablo Heras-Casado, Eliahu Inbal, Zubin Mehta and Vasily Petrenko.

 He has recently performed Unsuk Chin’s Cello Concerto in both Stavanger and Paris, and performed the Korean debut of Dutilleux’s Cello Concerto as well the Shostakovich Cello Concerto with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

 As a dedicated chamber musician, he continues to work closely with the pianist Igor Levit, with whom he has toured extensively, as well as Kit Armstrong and

Sunwook Kim. Isang Enders has strong relationships with international chamber music festivals such as Heidelberger Frühling, and the Marlboro Music Festival at the invitation of Kim Kashkashian.

Recent and forthcoming recitals include Beethovenfest Bonn, Koln Philharmonie, Rheingau Musik Festival, Musikalischer Sommer in Ostfriesland, and Schubertiade with Igor Levit.

He opens the 17/18 Season on tour with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Seoul, and enjoys further collaborations with the München Symphoniker, Frankfurt Museumsorchester and Suzhou Symphony Orchestra with his debut at the São Paulo Symphony and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras performing Unsuk Chin’s Cello Concerto under Ilan Volkov. He also joins the Sitkovetsky Trio, with concert highlights including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Netherlands Philharmonic and Wigmore Hall, London. Other chamber music collaborations include a new partnership with guitarist Thibaut Garcia on tour in Ireland with Music Network.

His highly-acclaimed and early recording of the Bach Cello Suites on Berlin Classics was a triumph. One critic describes him as a “reflective and highly intelligent young man”. Isang Enders is signed to Berlin Classics and SONY Music Entertainment and plays an instrument by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (Paris, 1840).

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Schumann Cello Concert Op. 129

Staatsorchester Darmstadt, Rubén Dubrovsky (October 2017)

[Schumann's] Romantic ideas truly burgeoned thanks to the exquisite soloist Isang Enders. The young musician, who grew up in Darmstadt, lent heartfelt expression to Schumann's "cantabile passages"…he commands the tricky passages, using the highest thumb positions with stupendous security. It has to be admired with how much calmness and concentration Enders merged his part with the players of the orchestra.

Klaus Trapp, Echo

The great clarity and concentrated intonation of his playing…With [Ender’s] masterful approach (marked by his subtle dose of vibrato and his exquisitely breathed phrasing), the extremely anti-virtuosic, yet demanding work comes across with a lightness which shows to best advantage in the lyrical double-stopping passages.

Axel Zibulski, Frankfurter Allgemeine

Strauss Don Quixote

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Vasily Petrenko (October 2016)

Isang Enders, playful and at ease, supports the singing line with sincere enthusiasm, without losing expression. The sound never really stops and the cello breathes in a whole new way: it develops in rough sounds (Variation I), reanimating the phrase with a sweeping bow and then colouring the softest sections with vibrato. Enders has all the means, it would seem, to adapt to the undulations of the music

Julien Hanck, Bachtrack

Bach Cello Suites CD

Berlin Classics

spotless performance…he’ll record them again and, hopefully, again.

Caroline Gill, Gramophone

he reconciles the seemingly irreconcilable: virtuosity, good taste, knowledge and originality…It’s a fascinating interpretation which is neither willful, nor does it ever retreat into lifeless purism.

Unsuk Chin, BBC Music Magazine

Isang Enders recording of the Bach Suites is an amazing document of musical maturity. Surely the young cellist will play these pieces differently in 10 or 20 years. That he could play them better or more convincingly than now can hardly be imagined. Isang Enders, a reflective and highly intelligent young man and a wonderful musician whom Bach would have appreciated.

Wilfrid Schäper, Radio Bremen

this is probably the most noble, elegant, perhaps even the most careful recording of the Bach Suites of the past years.

Clemens Haustein, Fono Forum

Isang Enders Repertoire

Leonardo Balada

‘Spiritual'

Beethoven

Triple Concerto Op. 56

Bloch

“Schelomo” Hebraic Rhapsody

Boccherini

Concerto No. 9 in B flat major (original)

Bruch

Kol Nidrei

Unsuk Chin

Concerto

Dutilleux

“Tout un monde lointain"

Dvořák

Concerto in B minor Op. 10


Rondo Op. 95


Silent Wood Op. 68/5

Elgar

Concerto in E minor Op. 8

Friedrich Gulda

Concerto (1980)

Haydn

Concerto in C major Hob. VIIb: 1


Concerto in D major Hob. VIIb: 2

Hindemith

Kammermusik No. 3

Kabalevsky

Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 77

Lalo

Concerto in D minor

Lutoslawski

Concerto (1970)

Bruno Mantovani

Once Upon a Time

Penderecki

Concerto grosso per 3 Violoncelli

Saint-Saëns

Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op. 33

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Mania

Schumann

Concerto in A minor Op. 129

Shostakovich

Concerto No. 1 in E flat major Op. 107

Strauss

Don Quixote Op. 35

Tchaikovsky

Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 33


Andante Cantabile Op. 11


Pezzo Capriccioso

Vivaldi

Double Concerto PV411

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