Eduardo Vassallo

Tutor in Cello

Dip.(Maastricht Conservatoire), Dip.(International Menuhin Academy, Gstaad)


Tutor in Cello

Eduardo Vassallo is a Tutor in Cello at the RNCM and Principal Cellist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He began his studies in his native Buenos Aires, Argentina, and by the age of 17 was a founder member of the String Quartet of the National Radio and solo cellist of the National Symphony Orchestra. Following this he continued his studies at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland, where, as a member of the Camerata Lysy Gstaad, he took part in numerous recordings and toured the world, working closely with Sir Yehudi Menuhin and Alberto Lysy. 

He joined the CBSO as Principal Cellist in 1989, firstly under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, then Sakari Oramo and now Andris Nelsons. He was one of the founding directors of the Birmingham Ensemble (a chamber group drawn from the ranks of the CBSO). He has also guest led the cello sections of the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras.

Eduardo gave the world premières of the Sonata for cello and piano and the Duo II for violin and cello by his compatriot Jorge Bosso, and the Sinfonia Concertante by Indian composer Vanraj Bhatia. In Buenos Aires he gave the first performance of the cello concerto Auris Concertum by Argentine Alejandro Civilloti with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires, and the Grand Tango by Astor Piazzolla.
He has recorded two solo recital CDs, one devoted to works by Latin American masters on the ASV label, and Tangos by Piazzolla on the Somm label.
His love for the tango caused him to form El Ultimo Tango, a quintet dedicated to the music of Buenos Aires.

In 2009 Eduardo formed a collaboration with Tim Garland (saxophone) and Marcelo Nisinman (bandoneon) to create a multimedia jazz/tango fusion show called Transtango, first performed in the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, then at various festivals around the country. As a result of this collaboration the CBSO commissioned Tim Garland to write a double concerto for cello and saxophone to celebrate Eduardo’s 20 years with the orchestra, which he performed with the composer under the direction of Christian Jarvi.

Eduardo participates annually in the International Festival of Chamber Music in Formosa, Argentina, and founded and directs the Latin-American Cello Festival, which takes place every two years in Buenos Aires.
He plays a Paolo Testore cello made in Milan 1710 and a Ferdinando Gagliano cello made in Napoli 1792.