Samuel Magill

Praised by the New York Times for his "unimpeachable reading" of Poulenc's Cello Sonata, cellist Samuel Magill has had a rich and varied career as soloist and chamber musician. His first Naxos CD of the Cello Concerto of Vernon Duke was hailed as "flat-out magnificent" by the American Record Guide, while The STRAD wrote in 2010 of his world premiere recording of Franco Alfano's Cello Sonata "..Magill's husky, dark timbre matches the Cello Sonata's yearning intensity to perfection...". That CD was named as one of the "Ten Best Recordings of 2009" by Gene Gaudette's blog The June, 2014 STRAD raved about Magill's "sumptuous tone" in his March recital at New York's Bargemusic.

  Sam has appeared as soloist throughtout Japan and the U.S., including performances of the Schumann Concerto and Brahms Double Concerto in Tokyo's famed Suntory Hall and in New York's Alice Tully Hall. Mr. Magill has partnered with the pianists Oxana Yablonskaya, Pascal Rogé and the late Grant Johannesen, and gave annual recitals at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts from 1994 to 2011. He is a co-founder of the Elysian Ensemble, a flute, cello and harp trio. They made their New York debut at Weill Recital Hall to critical acclaim. STRINGS Magazine declared them "masters of their instruments".

  Mr. Magill is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York and was Associate Principal Cello of that orchestra for seven seasons, often leading the cello section in such operas as Strauss's Arabella under the baton of Christian Thielemann. He was for nine summers Principal Cello and soloist of the New York Symphonic Ensemble. As such he toured throughout Japan performing the concerti of Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Dvorak, Dohnanyi, Schumann, Brahms and Beethoven. Three of these preformances were recorded live for a CD by Panasonic.

  Mr. Magill was a pupil of the late Zara Nelsova.

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NameMagill, Samuel
Born inUnited States, North America
Main languageEnglish
attended UniversitiesPeabody Institute, Rice University
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Andrew Rudin String Sonatas review
2015-09-01 Fanfare Magazine, Tenafly
""Throughout, Magill's beautiful cello tone is in evidence, endlessly expressive, subtle in shading. Rudin is presently writing a composition for this Metropolitan Opera Orchestra member, a first rate artist and instrumentalist.""
(James Forrest)
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2014-06-01 The Strad, London
""The opening, Barber's evergreen Sonata, op. 6, was filled with sumptuous tone"

"Best of all was the finale, Carl Czerny's transcription of Beethoven's 'Kreutzer' Sonata op 47, showing Magill at his most ferocious in the two Presto sections and most soulful in the slower movements."

"the audience swaying back and forth, entranced with the duo's rhythmic precision."

(Bruce Hodges)
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