Issei Herr
I s s e i H e r r
cellist

Issei Herr embraces openness and vulnerability, a sense of wonder and exploration, and a search for truth and beauty through the vast expressive sound worlds of the cello. Wielding between an expansive array of stylistic genres and time periods, from notated music to improvised, acoustic to electronic, Issei maintains a commitment to musical discovery in every facet of their performing endeavors.

Highlights of the 2021 season include performances with musical artist Rachika Nayar at The Shed, Knockdown Center, Elsewhere Rooftop, and Market Hotel; performances across the United States with Unheard-of Ensemble, from the waters of the Gowanus Canal to spaces in Texas, Ohio, and beyond; performances in New York with electroacoustic ensemble PinkNoise; and a solo performance at St. John’s in the Village, New York. Past highlights included a series of duo concerts with distinguished violinist Rolf Schulte in Mexico and New York, a solo concert tour in Oregon, a collaborative performance art project with choreographer Mary Armentrout in San Francisco, performances in Guangzhou and Shanghai with PinkNoise, and a recording of the complete solo cello suites of Bach.

Committed to musical partnership and cross-disciplinary endeavors, Issei is a fervid collaborator. Highlights of past partnerships include a video collaboration with composer and visual artist Julie Zhu and artist Chong Gu. Issei also recently performed a fully improvised set with Rachika Nayar, at the Shaker Mountain Festival in New York. Issei has worked closely with some of the leading classical composers of our time, including Mario Davidovsky, Kaija Saariaho, Nico Muhly, and Augusta Read Thomas. In 2020, they performed the world premiere of composer Nico Muhly’s solo cello work “Overture Study”, as part of a commission by St. John’s in the Village.

Issei completed musical training at The Juilliard School, as a student of pioneering cellist Fred Sherry.
photo by Michael Yu
photo by Michael Yu
photo by Julie Zhu
photo by Julie Zhu
Upcoming Performances
October 24, 2021 at 7pm
Duo+ with PinkNoise
Scholes Street Studio
October 27, 2021 at 7:30pm
APNM Concert
National Opera Center, Manhattan
November 2, 2021 at 8:00pm
PhilaMOCA with Rachika Nayar
PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia
November 15 - 20, 2021
West Virginia/Ohio Tour with Unheard-of Ensemble
November 20, 2021 at 8pm
Knockdown Center with Rachika Nayar
December 11, 2021 at 8pm
Solo Concert
St. John’s in the Village
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