Swiss Grand Award for Music 2024

Black and white shot of Sol Gabetta holding her cello, smiling at the camera.
Sol Gabetta - A world-class cellist
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Sol Gabetta

A world-class cellist

Cellist Sol Gabetta is one of today’s most celebrated and successful cellists. Originally from Argentina, she studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel. She has lived for many years in Olsberg in the canton of Aargau, where she has directed the Solsberg Chamber Music Festival since it was founded in 2006.

Born in 1981, Gabetta’s international breakthrough came in 2004, when she received the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award. This honour was linked to her concert debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Lucerne Festival. Since then, Gabetta has performed as a much sought-after soloist with the most renowned orchestras and stars such as Cecilia Bartoli.

In addition to the well-known cello literature by Vivaldi, Elgar and Beethoven, Sol Gabetta regularly performs new works at concerts and on numerous CD releases — for example in a duo with PatriciaKopatchinskaja, winner of the Swiss Grand Award for Music 2017. For many years, she presented the “KlickKlack” programme on Bavarian radio, bringing her passion for classical music to a wide audience. She has also been teaching a the Musik-Akademie Basel since 2005.

In addition to numerous other awards, Sol Gabetta was honoured with the European Culture Prize in 2022 for outstanding achievements. Sol Gabetta recently released the CD “Mendelssohn” (2024) in collaboration with the pianist Bertrand Chamayou.


Website projects




PLANET CHAMBER MUSIC – Felix Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata No. 1 / Sol Gabetta, Bertrand Chamayou

Sol Gabetta: Shostakovich Concerto for Cello n° 2