Rosin Cello Duo
American cellist Daniel Gaisford has firmly established himself as one of the most expressive cellists performing today. Hailed by the New York Times as “transfixing,” and The Philadelphia Inquirer as “remarkable.” Mr. Gaisford continues to infuse with new life the great works of the past, while fiercely advocating for the music of our own time. As soloist, Mr. Gaisford has appeared with orchestras throughout the United States and Canada; among them the major orchestras of Saint Louis, Seattle, Toronto and Montreal, under the direction of conductors such as Robert Spano, David Zinman and Hermann Michael.Equally active as a recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Gaisford has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad in cities ranging from New York, San Francisco and Berlin, to Boston, Rome and Tokyo. He has been a featured guest at major festivals throughout the world including New York City’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Chautauqua Festival, the Caramoor Festival, and the Davos Festival in Switzerland. Other festivals appearances include the RomaEuropa, New Jersey’s Festival of the Atlantic, Michigan’s Matrix Festival, the Prince Albert Festival in Kauai, the Aspen Music Festival and the Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado. Mr. Gaisford has been a frequent guest on radio programs around the country and his performances can be heard on NPR’s Performance Today series.In 2001, Mr. Gaisford recorded composer Michael Hersch’s Sonata No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello and gave the NY premiere at the Tisch Center for the performing Arts to great acclaim. In 2004, he recorded Hersch’s Sonata No. 2 for Unaccompanied Cello, which was dedicated to Mr. Gaisford. The performance was recorded on he Vangaurd Classics label and selected by The Washington Post as one of the most important recordings of 2005 by chief critic Tim Page. New releases include the Bach Suites for Solo Cello. Highlights from Mr. Gaisford’s current schedule for the 2013-14 season include performances at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas where Mr. Gaisford is “Artist in Residence” for the Fall semester. Other performances include solo recitals throughout the country and a tour of Gaisford’s Cello Festival which was announced in the summer of 2013. The Cello Festival features young, upcoming cello students of Gaisford as well as renowned cello colleagues from around the world. “The Cellists” feature music written by the great cellists of the past including Klengel, Popper, Piatti and Dotzauer as well as works by Daniel Gaisford and others. Daniel Gaisford grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where he studied with Richard Hoyt and Gayle Smith. Further studies took him to the University of Southern California where he studied with Gabor Rejto and Ronald Leonard. Gaisford continued his studies with Harvey Shapiro and Channing Robbins at The Juilliard School of Music in New York. While at The Juilliard School of Music, Gaisford was principal cellist of the symphony orchestra and was the first prize winner of the Shostakovich Cello Competition which resulted in his Lincoln Center debut. Mr. Gaisford performs on his “Shapiro” Goffriller Cello and Tourte bow that was crafted by the internationally famed maker, Christophe Landon.Mr. Gaisford’s recordings can be found at the iTunes store and on his website, as well as many other online music vendors.
Jessika Soli is a concert cellist and private teacher from Santa Clara, UT. She received her cello performance degree from the University of Utah, and also attended the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. She studied with Andrew Smith of UNLV, John Eckstein from the Utah Symphony, and Daniel Gaisford from The Juilliard School. Apart from being a classical cellist, her wide taste in music has led her to arrange rock, pop, country, and video game music for cello.
She was the Principle Cellist of the Southwest symphony for two and a half years. As part of the Utah Philharmonia, she performed with an opera production in Germany and a string chamber ensemble in London. She is currently the cellist for the local Empyrean String Quartet, who performs across Southern Utah. She also performs with pianist William Joseph on a regular basis.
Her new cello duo, Rosin, with cellist Daniel Gaisford, has filmed and posted several videos from their tour last season. You can view them on their YouTube channel, Facebook page, or here.
Jessika runs a private cello studio from Santa Clara, UT where she teaches her students.