Aldo Parisot, cello, is the Samuel Sanford Professor of Music at Yale University School of Music. He has led the career of a complete artist – as soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and teacher. He has been heard with the major orchestras of the world, including Berlin, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Rio, Munich, Warsaw, Chicago, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, etc., under the batons of such eminent conductors as Stokowski, Barbirolli, Bernstein, Mehta, Monteux, Paray, Carvalho, Sawallisch, Hindemith, and Villa-Lobos. As an artist seeking to expand his instrument’s repertoire, Mr. Parisot has premiered numerous works for the cello, written especially for him by such composers as Carmago Guarnieri, Quincy Porter, Alvin Porter, Alvin Etler, Claudio Santoro, Joan Panetti, Yehudi Wyner, and Villa-Lobos, whose Cello Concert No. 2 was premiered by Parisot in his New York Philharmonic debut. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors over the years, including gold medals from Lebanon and Brazil, his native country. International competitions in Munich, Florence, Chile, Brazil, Evian, and Paris (Rostropovich), among others, have invited Parisot to serve on their juries and he travels worldwide annually to accept invitations to teach master classes and to conduct cello ensembles; his work with the Yale Cellos has received a Grammy nomination. Parisot’s former pupils hold major performing and teaching positions throughout the world. Mr. Parisot is also an acclaimed graphic artist.