Cellist Laurence Lesser is a laureate of the 1966 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and a participant in the historic Heifetz-Piatigorsky concerts and recordings. He has been a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the New Japan Philharmonic and orchestras worldwide. As a chamber musician he has participated in the Casals, Marlboro, Ravinia, Menlo, Spoleto, and Santa Fe festivals, and over many years has been a guest of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. During the Bach anniversary year of 2000, he performed the cycle of the complete cello suites several times. More recently, he performed the complete suites in one evening at Jordan Hall to great critical acclaim. He was the first to record the Schoenberg Cello Concerto, and in 1966 was the first to perform it with orchestra since its 1936 introduction by Emanuel Feuermann. His recordings of Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano with HaeSun Paik were released last year by Bridge Records and his other recordings have appeared on the RCA, Columbia, Melodiya, and CRI labels. He has taught at the New England Conservatory since 1974 and served as president from 1983 to 1996. He attended Harvard College where he studied mathematics and graduated with honors, and also was a Fulbright scholar. He plays a 1622 cello made by the brothers Amati in Cremona, Italy.