Anner Bylsma

Biography

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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    Beethoven: String Trios, Piano Trios, Quintet, Sextets & Octet / L'Archibudelli
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 796262 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  William Purvis,  Ayako Oshima,  Charles Neidich,  Stewart Rose  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Neidich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozzafiato,  L'Archibudelli
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    Boccherini: Cello Concertos, Cello Sonatas, Flute Quintets, Stabat Mater
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88697962822 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Anner Bylsma,  David Sinclair,  Derek Conrod,  Stephen Marvin  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik,  L'Archibudelli
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    Mozart: Divertimentos, Adagios & Fugues & Grande sestetto concertante / L'Archibudelli
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 796446 Release Date: 06/10/2016   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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    Vivaldi, Marcello, Platti, Handel, Telemann, Corelli & Hotteterre: Concertos & Sonatas for Wind Instruments
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88725463932 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  George Frideric Handel,  Jacques Hotteterre,  Alessandro Marcello  ... 
    Performer:  Frans Brüggen,  Anner Bylsma,  Bob van Asperen,  Hansjurg Lange  ... 
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Museum Trio,  Orchestra of the 18th Century
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    Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra - The Complete Sony Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875030622 Release Date: 06/16/2015   Number of Discs: 47
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanne Lamon,  Stephen Marvin,  Christina Mahler,  Ivars Taurins  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon,  Bruno Weil,  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir,  Tölz Boys Choir  ... 
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Concertos & Cello Sonatas 1-6 / Lamon, Tafelmusik
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 796453         Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jeanne Lamon,  Anner Bylsma,  Christina Mahler,  Stephen Marvin  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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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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    Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Triple Concerto / Zukerman, Bylsma, Maier, Badura-Skoda
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 24691 Release Date: 03/11/2011   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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    Haydn: Missa Sunt Bona Mixta Malis, Offertorium / Weil, Landon
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 53122 Release Date: 07/29/2008   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: 07/11/2008   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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  • 20.
    The Violoncello In The 17th Century / Anner Bylsma
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 7978 Release Date: 05/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Gabrielli,  Giuseppe Maria Jacchini,  Giovanni B. Degli Antoni,  Girolamo Frescobaldi
    Performer:  Bob van Asperen,  Lidewy Scheifes,  Anner Bylsma
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    Bach: Violoncello Piccolo / Anner Bylsma
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 77998 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Anner Bylsma
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    Brahms: Sonatas For Piano And Cello / Bylsma, Orkis
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 9958 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Anner Bylsma,  Lambert Orkis
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  • 23.
    Weber: Ten Scottish Melodies, 28 Songs, Etc
    Label: Sony Classical Seon   Catalog: 63191 Release Date: 06/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Jan Goudswaard,  Heinz Kruse,  Max van Egmond,  Uwe Wegner  ... 
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  • 24.
    Boccherini / Anner Bijlsma, Boccherini Quartet
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 6003 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Anner Bylsma,  Sayuri Yamagata,  Natsumi Wakamatsu,  Hidemi Suzuki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boccherini String Quartet
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    Mozart 250 - A Celebration
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 75944 Release Date: 02/07/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lin Cho-Liang,  Jaime Laredo,  Alicia De Larrocha,  James Galway  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Sir Colin Davis,  Eduardo Mata,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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