Professor Neil Heyde

Through a series of interrelated projects I'm exploring the ways in which we understand the cello as an ‘instrument’. The projects include editorial work on Fauré and Debussy pieces, an ongoing study of Pablo Casals's phenomenal artistry and technical innovations, exploration of 19th-century virtuoso material and two projects built around new compositions that will include a performance and documentary film of a piece by Michael Finnissy to be performed on seven different cellos (from the Academy‘s collection) and music written by Richard Beaudoin (Harvard) based on a micro-timing analysis of a Casals Bach recording.