Anner Bylsma


Born: February 17, 1934; The Hague, The Netherlands  
Playing with impeccable technique and a beautiful, unadulterated tone, Anner Bylsma is acknowledged as a master cellist, comfortable in a wide range of music on both period and modern cellos. As they were for many gifted musicians, his first lessons were from a parent, in this case his father, also a multi-talented musician. At the age of 16, he enrolled at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, to study with Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp, principal Read more cellist with the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. It was Boomkamp who introduced Bylsma to the Baroque cello. Bylsma won the school's Prix d'excellence in 1957, and after becoming the Netherlands Opera Orchestra's principal cellist, he won first prize in the Casals Competition in Mexico in 1959. He himself then became principal cellist of the Concertgebouw in 1962. Six years later he left the orchestra to devote his performing career to solo and chamber ensemble touring. His chamber music collaborators often included period flutist Frans Brueggen, harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt, and in the 1990s-2000s keyboardists Malcolm Bilson and Jos van Immerseel. Bylsma was also a co-founder of the string chamber ensemble L'Archibudelli. As a solo performer he plays regularly with such orchestras as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Freiburger Barock, and the twentieth century music ensemble Rondom Kwartet.

Bylsma is also a noted scholar and teacher and author of Bach -- The Fencing Master, about the first three of Bach's Cello Suites. His playing is always based on what he finds in the composers' manuscripts. However, he quickly admits that his interpretation of a work is not and should not be the only one, which he also impresses on his students. Although he doesn't like to use the term "authentic," it is in keeping with period performance that he avoids the use of steel strings, and this is a major element of his tone. Both his 1695 Gofriller cello and his 1865 Pressenda are strung with gut or silver-wrapped gut. He also has a five-string "violoncello piccolo" that he has used to record Bach's solo works.

His recordings can be found on a variety of labels, covering a variety of works, from Vivaldi to Hindemith. Many of his recordings on Sony, both as a soloist and with L'Archibudelli, have won the Edison prize, the Diapason d'or, the Liszt prize, and the Vivaldi prize. Read less
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    Telemann: Tafelmusik
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 694572 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Joke Vermeulen,  Brian Pollard,  Frans Vester,  Gustav Leonhardt  ... 
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Amsterdam
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    Anner Bylsma Plays Boccherini
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7685192 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Anner Bylsma,  David Sinclair,  Derek Conrod,  Stephen Marvin  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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    The CPE Bach Collection [13-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 463492 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Anner Bylsma,  Bob van Asperen,  Herbert Tachezi,  Hillevi Martinpelto  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Bob van Asperen,  Philippe Herreweghe,  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Melante Amsterdam,  Ghent Collegium Vocale  ... 
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    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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    Handel: Water Music - Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564651683 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Lowell Mason,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Richard [Tenor Vocal] Morton,  Felicity Palmer,  John Angelo Messana,  Felicity Lott  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Raymond Leppard,  Hugh Wolff  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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    Mendelssohn: String Quintets 1 & 2 / L'Archibudelli
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802194 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Lucy Van Dael,  Vera Beths,  Jürgen Kussmaul,  Guus Jeukendrup  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Archibudelli
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    Frans Bruggen Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65836 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Barsanti,  Francesco Maria Veracini  ... 
    Performer:  Frans Brüggen,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Anner Bylsma,  Alda Stuurop  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brüggen-Consort
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    Philips Original Jackets Collection  [55-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001767702 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elisabeth Unger,  Claudio Arrau,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Bernard Haitink,  Frans Brüggen,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    Gustav Leonhardt Edition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 731897 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Anthony Newman,  Elias Nikolaus Ammerbach,  Master John Taylor,  John Blitheman  ... 
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Anner Bylsma,  Wieland Kuijken  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leonhardt Consort
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    Vivaldi: Concertos For Strings / Lamon, Bylsma, Tafelmusik
    Label: Tafelmusik Media   Catalog: 1009 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Anner Bylsma,  Jeanne Lamon,  Christina Mahler,  Stephen Marvin  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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    Mozart: Divertimentos, Adagios & Fugues, Grande Sestetto Concertante / L'archibudelli
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 796446 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lucy Van Dael,  Vera Beths,  Jürgen Kussmaul,  Anner Bylsma  ... 
    Conductor:  Frans Vester
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Archibudelli,  Danzi Woodwind Quintet
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    Hindemith: Kammermusik 1-7 / Concerto Amsterdam
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4673189 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Gérard Van Blerk,  Anner Bylsma,  Jaap Schröder,  Paul Doktor  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Amsterdam
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    Schubert: Trout Quintet, Arpeggione Sonata, Notturno / Immerseel, Beths, Danilow, Bylsma, Kussmaul
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802087 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Jos van Immerseel,  Vera Beths,  Marji Danilow,  Anner Bylsma  ... 
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    Maurice Andre Edition: Suites, Dances And Arrangements
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4676062 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Traditional,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Jean-Michel Defaye  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Karius,  Maurice André,  Gus Wallez,  Guy Pedersen  ... 
    Conductor:  Claude Pichaureau,  Marc Soustrot,  François Rauber,  Claude Lagrange  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Municipale D'alčs,  Ensemble of Bologna,  Ensemble De Cuivres De Paris  ... 
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    Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Triple Concerto / Zukerman, Bylsma, Maier, Badura-Skoda
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 24691 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Paul Badura-Skoda,  Franzjosef Maier,  Anner Bylsma
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Collegium Aureum
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    Anner Bylsma, Cellist & Teacher - A Film By Francois Manceaux
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 9909035 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henri Pousseur,  Auguste Franchomme,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Anner Bylsma
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    Boccherini: Cello Concerti & Symphonies / Bylsma, Tafelmusik
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 77867 Release Date: 09/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Anner Bylsma
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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    Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps / Beths, Bylsma, Pieterson, De Leeuw
    Label: Philips Musica Da Camera   Catalog: 422834 Release Date: 07/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  Reinbert De Leeuw,  Anner Bylsma,  George Pieterson,  Vera Beths
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    Best Concertos 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64739 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Christian Zacharias,  Francois-René Duchable  ... 
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Lawrence Foster,  Hans Vonk,  Michel Plasson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Gustav Leonhardt Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 696144 Release Date: 02/17/2009   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville,  François Couperin,  Alessandro Poglietti  ... 
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Marie Leonhardt,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Sir David Willcocks,  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leonhardt Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Brüggen Consort
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    Vivaldi - Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001212502 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Igor Kipnis,  Konstanty Andrzej Kulka,  Eduardo Fernandez,  Tom Finucane  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger,  George Malcolm,  Philip Pickett,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  New London Consort  ... 
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    Haydn: Missa Sunt Bona Mixta Malis, Offertorium / Weil, Landon
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 53122 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Anthony Woodrow,  Anner Bylsma,  Bob van Asperen
    Conductor:  Bruno Weil
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tölz Boys Choir
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    Franchomme/Chopin: Grand Duo Concertant, Etc / Bylsma, Orkis
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 53980 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Auguste Franchomme,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Marji Danilow,  Anner Bylsma,  Vera Beths,  Guus Jeukendrup  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Archibudelli,  Smithsonian Chamber Players
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    The Handel Experience / Scimone, Koopman, Leppard, Gardiner, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 511586 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Lowell Mason
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Ton Koopman,  Felicity Palmer,  Ryland Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  Marc Minkowski,  William Christie,  Ton Koopman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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  • 25.
    Baroque Music For Cello
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 4696220 Release Date: 05/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Domenico Gabrieli,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Francesco Geminiani
    Performer:  Anner Bylsma,  Dijck Koster
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