Lynn Harrell / Photo: Chad Batka

Lynn Harrell

Lynn Harrell


Lynn Harrell has maintained a presence on the international music scene for more than 40 years. He has travelled the world as an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, recital artist, conductor and teacher, has performed at the renowned concert venues in Europe, Asia and the USA and has worked regularly with top international orchestras and the world’s leading conductors. As a teacher, Lynn Harrell has gained extensive, multifaceted experience – as a worldwide masterclass teacher but also as a tutor at various prestigious institutions such as the Royal Academy in London, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Juilliard School in New York, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, and from 2002 to 2009 at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Lynn Harrell, who studied at the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School, has won numerous distinctions, including the renowned Avery Fisher Award. His chamber music partners include, for example, Stephen Kovacevich, Vadim Repin, Nobuko Imai, Mikhail Pletnev and Ilya Gringolts. In 2004, with Anne-Sophie Mutter and André Previn, he performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur. His recordings, which number more than 30 and include Bach’s Cello Suites, are among the reference recordings of the cello repertoire. With Itzhak Perlman and Vladimir Aszkenazy he won two Grammy awards – in 1881 for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio and in 1987 for Beethoven’s entire piano trios. In 2010 Lynn Harrell and his wife, the violinist Helen Nightengale, founded HEARTbeats Foundation with the aim of helping children in need through the power of music.

Last updated: March 2017