Israeli-American cellist Inbal Segev is a true original. Celebrated for her fresh insights into music’s great masterworks and commitment to reinvigorating the cello repertoire, her interpretations are distinguished by their depth, intense focus and artistic maturity.
Segev is personally responsible for commissioning, premiering, recording and championing major new works from an international who’s who of today’s foremost contemporary composers, including cello concertos by Timo Andres, Avner Dorman, Gity Razaz, Dan Visconti and Anna Clyne, whose DANCE is featured on Inbal’s most recent recording. Segev’s rich and wide-ranging discography also includes a Romantic pairing of Schumann’s Fantasiestücke with sonatas by Chopin and Grieg, Dohnányi serenades with the Amerigo Trio, jazz-inflected chamber music with Fernando Otero and friends, Jewish cello and piano masterpieces with Ron Regev, cello sonatas by Beethoven and Boccherini, and Bach’s complete solo cello suites. She may be heard playing music by Peter Nashel on the soundtrack of Bee Season, a 2005 feature film starring Richard Gere.
A prodigy who first played for the Israeli president at just eight years old, Segev came to international attention ten years later when she made concerto debuts with both the Berlin Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta. Since then she has appeared as soloist with such leading orchestras as the Pittsburgh Symphony, California Symphony and Castleton Festival Orchestra in the U.S., as well as with the Bangkok Symphony, Bogotá Philharmonic, Dortmund Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon and Polish National Radio Symphony, collaborating with Marin Alsop, Lorin Maazel and other of the world’s foremost conductors.
Segev appears regularly with New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A founding member of the Amerigo Trio, with former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus, she has also undertaken chamber collaborations with such esteemed artists as Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk, Gilbert Kalish, Anthony McGill, Anne Akiko Meyers, Juho Pohjonen, Jason Vieaux and the Vogler Quartet. Her recital highlights include solo and chamber performances at New York’s Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, Los Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, Chicago’s Harris Theater, Bogotá’s Teatro Mayor and the Shanghai Concert Hall. She co-curated both seasons of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival with Marin Alsop.
Segev’s numerous honors include prizes at the Pablo Casals, Paulo and Washington International Cello Competitions. With thousands of subscribers around the world and more than a million views to date, her popular masterclass series, Musings with Inbal Segev, is available at her YouTube channel. She lives in New York City with her husband, their three teenage children and her cello, which was made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1673. www.inbalsegev.com