Anner Bylsma

Anner Bylsma

February 17, 1934 - July 25th 2019

THANK YOU 

FOR INSPIRING US

FOR MAKING US THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

FOR YOUR IMAGINATION

FOR YOUR MUSIC

FOR YOUR LEGACY

Highlights of his career

He received his first cello lessons from his father.
Age of 16: started his studies at the Royal Conservatory of  The Hague with Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp who introduced him to braroque cello.
1957: won the school's Prix d'excellence in 1957.
1959: became Netherlands Opera Orchestra's principal cellist.
1959:  First prize in the Casals Competition in Mexico.
1962-68: Principal cellist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
1968: performing career as a soloist, worked with Frans Brüggen, Gustav Leonhardt,  Malcolm Bilson, Jos van Immerseel, Lucy van Dael, Catherine Manson, Bob van Asperen.
1979: Made his first recording of the Bach Cello Suites on historical set-up. 
1982: became an Erasmus Scholar at Harvard University
1992: Made his second recording of the 6 Bach Cello Suites.

The fencing Master

  • His two recordings of the Suites:  1979 and 1992
1979: His first recording had a major impact in the interpretation of the Suites, he inspired many cellists to follow his HIP* steps. 


  • Was he the first cellist to record the Suites on period instrument?
NO, the first cellist to make this kind of project and recording was Annlies Schmidt, with her 1957 recording of the Suites. She also followed closely the Anna Magdalena Bach Manuscript, playing on guts strings, with a baroque bow, and the 6th Suite on a 5 string cello.

His second recording of the Suites was played on the Servais Cello, and was released in 1992.

* HIP: historically informed performance

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