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Steve Isserlis, the plucky cellist

At 50, Steven Isserlis has learned some things: jet-setting soloists aren’t good with orchestras, kids in the audience help him calm down, and he loves terrible puns

By Tom Service  /  THE GUARDIAN , LONDON

But his playing will always be the center of his life. That’s no surprise when he tells me of the week he’s just had. “I got off the plane on Monday to a message from Paul McCartney, who I saw on Thursday. He’s a lovely man.” McCartney’s new album, Electric Arguments, is on Isserlis’ table, even if he hasn’t got past the first track yet — “it’s very raucous” — and after playing with Pletnev in Moscow, he’s off to Germany to perform Haydn with Ton Koopman. I can see why he’s addicted.


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