At 10:30 am on Saturday, Nov 7, the Kalamazoo-based Stulberg International String Competition will begin a series of three online concerts to be held over the next three weeks. This Saturday, the featured artist is cellist Oliver Herbert, the 2015 silver medalist.
In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Herbert says he will appear in two previously recorded performances that are meaningful to him. One is his performance of a Haydn Divertimento, arranged by the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky, and the second is the Sonata No. 5 for cello and piano by Ludwig Van Beethoven. Xiaohui Yang, with whom he has recently recorded an album, will be his accompanist.
Herbert says he is enjoying post-school life as a professional cellist. Before the COVID-19 shutdown, he'd realized a dream to perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto with orchestra in New Haven, CT, and made debuts in Canada, performing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.