Leila und Sara cellist from Rome into a family of cellists
The Anglo-Persian cellist Leila Shirvani was born in Rome into a family of cellists in 1992. “I imagined a 360-degree journey of discovery around the cello, to present the full range of its possibilities through a varied and contrasting repertoire. Beginning with the great pillars of the cello repertoire such as Haydn’s C major Concerto, which honors the virtuoso possibilities of the cello with its classical language, and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations – the maximum expression of Romanticism – through to the fire of early 20th century Spain to the world of contemporary music with “Childhood”, composed by Enrico Melozzi. “Childhood”, a work dedicated to me, highlights the full range of timbres of the cello – from the lowest octave to the most daring of the highest registers.