Glendale Noon Concerts Welcomes Cellist Jonathan Flaksman

On Wednesday, June 2 at 12:10 p.m., the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts program will be streamed. Cellist Jonathan Flaksman will perform solo works by Paul Hindemith, Eugéne Ysaÿe, and Gaspar Cassadó on a Facebook stream and YouTube. Selections include “Solo cello music of the 1920s,” Paul Hindemith (1895-1963), “Sonate für Violoncello allein op. 25 Nr. 3” (1922), Eugéne Ysaÿe (1858-1931), “Sonate en Ut mineur pour Violoncelle seul, op. 28” (1924), Gaspar Cassadó (1897-1966) and “Suite per Violoncello solo” (1926).

Born in Kent, Ohio in 1981, Jonathan Flaksman began playing the cello at the age of 5. His father, Michael Flaksman, a world-renowned cellist and teacher, was one of the major influences of his teaching and playing.

He has also studied under many other world-class musicians including Madalena Burle-Marx, Richard Aaron, Fred Sherry, Harvey Shapiro, Siegfried Palm, Bernard Greenhouse, Jens Peter Mainz and Ralph Kirschbaum. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Juilliard School and the University of Mannheim in Germany.

Flaksman was awarded fellowships to attend festivals and master classes throughout the U.S. and Europe, including Interlochen Arts Camp and music festivals in Portogruaro, Aspen, Schleswig-Holstein and Łancut, Aurora Chamber Music and Bayreuther Festspiele. He played in various orchestras in Germany, including the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, and the philharmonics of Heidelberg and Ludwigshafen, gaining invaluable musical knowledge and experience.

He performs regularly at the Ascoli Piceno Festival in Italy.

In 2015 he was appointed assistant principal cellist of the Santa Barbara Symphony and moved to Los Angeles. He plays in many orchestras throughout California, including the Pasadena Symphony and Pops, Modesto Symphony, and New West Symphony. Flaksman records for major motion pictures and music albums, and plays, composes, arranges and produces music of all genres.

He is a renowned cello teacher and coaches strings and chamber music. He has given master classes in Germany, Italy, and the USA. His students have been accepted to major universities, and have won positions in leading orchestras and competition prizes.

He is also a ski instructor and yoga teacher.

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