Cellist Steven Isserlis opens new Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.


World-renowned cellist Steven Isserlis performed to a full house at the gala opening of the University of Lincoln’s newest building, the £6 million Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC), last night.

The special recital with Canadian pianist Connie Shih, herself a critically acclaimed artist, was the first public event to be held at the new Centre.

Through a new partnership between the University and the Lincolnshire Music Service, 28 local young cellists had the opportunity to perform on stage with Isserlis at the start of the event.


Head of LPAC, Professor Michael Earley, said: “This represents the start of an exciting programme of community and education events which the University and LPAC will be creating through its performing arts programming. Visiting international artists such as Isserlis will be inspiring and educating audiences and young people in a variety of ways in the years to come.”

British-born Isserlis plays both as soloist and chamber musician and is distinguished for his diverse repertoire, distinctive sound and total command of phrasing. He was awarded a CBE in 1998. He said: “It has been an enjoyable evening. The young cellists were fun to work with, they really were excellent, and it was a nice audience to play to. I think Lincoln will benefit massively from this venue.”

Cellist Elisabeth Esteve-Coll

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