The Jealous Cellist

The Jealous Cellist
Friday, May 7, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. MST
Streaming online

The Department of Music's Rafael Hoekman performs:
  • Bach: Suite for Cello in G major
  • Bach: Chaconne from the Partita Number II, transcribed for cello
  • Bottermund / Starker - Paganini variations
"The pandemic has given many musicians more time to explore things they normally wouldn't have time for. In my case, I decided to finally learn one of the violin pieces that I have been obsessed with since I was a teenager: Bach's Chaconne. Why should violinists only get to play this incredible work? I also have had the opportunity to work through the extended techniques of the Starker/Bottermund Variations based on another famous Violin piece: Paganini's 24th Caprice. I've added to this violin inspired program perhaps the most well-known Cello piece ever written: Bach's Suite #1, in G major." ~Rafael Hoekman


Rafael Hoekman has been called “a rock star of the cello,” “a powerful and passionate soloist,” and is known for his “spirited and fiery performances.” Originally from Newfoundland, Rafael is Principal Cellist of the Edmonton Symphony and on faculty at the University of Alberta. He has been a featured soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic, I Musici de Montreal and Edmonton, Quebec, Newfoundland, Red Deer and Sudbury Symphonies. His principal teachers were Yuli Turovsky and Shauna Rolston.