Anner Bylsma

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Anner Bylsma (born Anne Bijlsma 17 February 1934, The Hague) is a Dutch cellist who plays on both modern and period instruments in a historically informed style. He took an interest in music from an early age. He studied with Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and won the Prix d'excellence in 1957.

In 1959, he won the first prize in the Pablo Casals Competition in Mexico. Later he was for six years (from 1962 to 1968) the principal cellist in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He became an Erasmus Scholar at Harvard University in 1982. He is the author of the book Bach, the Fencing Master, a stylistic and aesthetic analysis of Bach's Cello Suites. He is one of the pioneers of the 'Dutch Baroque School' and rose to fame as a partner of Frans Brüggen and Gustav Leonhardt, who toured extensively together and made many recordings. Bylsma continues to be a towering figure in the baroque cello movement.

In 1979 Bylsma recorded the six Suites for unaccompanied cello (BWV 1007–1012) by J. S. Bach, the first of its kind on a period instrument. He later went on to recreate the same music in 1992 on the large Servais Stradivarius and on a five-string violoncello piccolo.

Anner Bylsma is married to Dutch violinist Vera Beths. He has a son and a daughter, documentary filmmaker Carine Bijlsma.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Fortepiano and Cello Sonatas, Volume 1 Beethoven; Malcolm Bilson, Anner Bylsma 2
1989 Cello Concertos Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach; Gustav Leonhardt, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Anner Bylsma 1
1989 The Violoncello in the 17th Century Anner Bylsma 1
1990 Cello Concertos Joseph Haydn, Anton Kraft; Anner Bylsma, Tafelmusik Orchestra, Jean Lamon 1
1990 Sonaten für Violoncello und Basso Continuo Vivaldi; Anner Bylsma, Hideimi Suzuki, Jacques Ogg 1
1992 Concertos for Strings Vivaldi; Anner Bylsma, Tafelmusik, Jeanne Lamon 3
1993 Concertos for Violoncello and Orchestra / Overture / Octet / Sinfonia Luigi Boccherini; Tafelmusik, Jeanne Lamon, Anner Bylsma 1
1993 The Last 4 Piano Trios Joseph Haydn; Anner Bylsma, Robert Levin, Vera Beths 1
1993 Cello Sonatas / Fugues for 2 Cellos Boccherini; Anner Bylsma, Kenneth Slowik, Bob van Asperen 1
1993 Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major / Concertone in C major / Sinfonia Concertante in A major Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Amsterdam Mozart Players, Jürgen Kussmaul, Vera Beths, Rainer Kussmaul, Anner Bylsma 1
1993 Suites for Violoncello Solo, BWV 1007-1012 (1992 recordings) J. S. Bach; Anner Bylsma 2
1994 Recorder Sonatas and Fantasias Telemann; Frans Brüggen, Anner Bylsma, Gustav Leonhardt 2
1995 String Quintet / Intermezzo / Rondo / String Quartet Anton Bruckner; L'Archibudelli, Anner Bylsma 1
1996 Piano Trios: No. 1 in B-flat major, op. 99 / No. 2 in E-flat major, op. 100 Franz Schubert; Immerseel, Beths, Bylsma 1
1997 Die Brandenburgische Konzerte J. S. Bach; Brüggen, Kuijken, Bylsma, Leonhardt 1
1997 String Quintets, op. 29 Boccherini; Bylsma, Kuijken, van Dael, Stuurop, Smith 1
1999 Eleven Concertos Vivaldi; Tafelmusik, Jeanne Lamon, Anner Bylsma 1
1999 The Cello Suites, Volume 1 (1979 recordings) Bach; Anner Bylsma 3
1999 The Cello Suites, Volume 2 (1979 recordings) Bach; Anner Bylsma 2
2000 Quartet for the End of Time / Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum Olivier Messiaen; Vera Beths, George Pieterson, Anner Bijlsma, Reinbert de Leeuw, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 1
2000 Sonatas for Violoncello Antonio Vivaldi; Anner Bylsma 2
2002 Violoncello Piccolo Johann Sebastian Bach; Anner Bylsma 1
Baroque Music for Cello Anner Bylsma 1
Cello Sonatas Antonio Vivaldi; Anner Bylsma 1
Six Cello Concerti Leonardo Leo; Anner Bylsma 1
Sonatas for Viola da Gamba J. S. Bach, J. C. F. Bach; Anner Bylsma, Bob van Asperen 1
Sonaten Op. 5 No. 7-12 “La Follia” Arcangelo Corelli; Gustav Leonhardt, Anner Bylsma, Frans Brüggen 1
Works for Cello Anner Bylsma 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 The Complete Wind Sonatas Georg Friedrich Händel; Brüggen, Haynes, Lange, Bylsma, Van Asperen 1
2010 Anner Bylsma plays Boccherini Luigi Boccherini; Anner Bylsma 1
Complete Sonatas for Pianoforte and Violoncello Beethoven; Anner Bylsma, Jos van Immerseel 1

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