François Servais, the Paganini of the Cello, and the Belgian School of Cello Playing
François Servais (1807-1866) was a pioneering cellist, a European star and one of the founding fathers of the Belgian School of Cello Playing. He made music with Mendelssohn, Rossini and Vieuxtemps and was rated highly by Schumann, Meyerbeer and Berlioz. One and a half century after his death his virtuoso cello compositions still resound all over the world. Musicologist and historian Peter François will talk about Servais' life and work and about the Belgian School of Cello Playing.
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