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Pablo Casals Studied in Barcelona

Pablo Casals was one of the most famous and well respected cellists in the instrument’s history. He was born in December of 1876 in El Vendrell, Spain, which is located in the Catalonia region. He recorded many works for the cello and also acted as conductor on many occasions, though it is probably his interpretation and recording of the Bach Cello Suites that remains the most popular and beloved of his works by fans and other professionals.

Casals had an early introduction to music as his father was a choir master and organist for his church parish and he instructed the young Pablo in piano and organ, as well as violin. By the time he was four, Casals could play the violin, the piano and the flute. He didn’t hear the cello until he was eleven when a traveling group of musicians featured a cellist in their performance. Casals was immediately captivated and new this instrument would be his true life love. His mother took him to Barcelona and enrolled him in the Escola Municipal de Musica where he could formerly study the cello, music theory and piano. During his career, residents and tourists staying in the top Barcelona hotels had the opportunity to see this great musician perform.

He made quite and almost prodigious progress on his chosen instrument and by the time he was fourteen he gave his first public recital in Barcelona. Two years later he finished school and graduated with honors. Shortly after he entered the professional scene, Casals played at The Crystal Palace in London also at the Osborne House, which was Queen Victoria’s summer residence. His concert for the queen was accompanied by Ernest Walker. He went on to perform in venues across the world and for other famous people and political personalities, which includes a performance for the US president Theodore Roosevelt.

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