Sophie Shao – CanCan Macabre

Cellist and professor at the University of Connecticut, Sophie Shao, discusses with Anna Singer about her newly released CD, CanCan Macabre, that features Adrienne Kim and Ieva Jokubaviciute on the piano and a newly commissioned piece by Herschel Garfein. Sophie centered this CD around Garfein’s composition, The Layers, and chose French impressionist pieces to support the piece. Sophie also discusses her winnings of the top prizes at the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky competitions during her career. Sophie and Anna talk about her cello by Honore Derazey that was once owned by Pablo Casals, and her next recording of Beethoven. Listen to WQED-FM 89.3 to hear Sophie Shao’s CanCan Macabre, or visit to learn more.