Born in Natal, Brazil, Mr. Parisot began studying the cello at age seven with his stepfather, Tomazzo Babini, and made his professional debut at age twelve. He came to the United States in 1946 and made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, followed by extensive touring in the United States, Canada, and South America. After his first European tour in 1957, he toured annually as a solo cellist throughout the world. Mr. Parisot's recital activities have been equally international since his Town Hall debut in 1950, and appearances have included London's Queen Elizabeth Hall and both Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Washington D.C. was the scene of another coup by Mr. Parisot when he played the difficult and rarely performed Schoenberg Cello Concerto at the Kennedy Center. In the spring of 1976, Mr. Parisot made a five-week tour of Poland, which included concerts with orchestras and recitals and an exhibition of thirteen of his paintings requested by the Polish authority.
Photos, clockwise from upper left: Detail from 1950s publicity photo; Performing Schoenberg Cello Concerto with Otto-Werner Mueller and the Yale Philharmonia at the Kennedy Center in Washington; with Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Berlin Philharmonic; with composer-conductor Paul Hindemith at the time of a 1960 appearance with the NY Philharmonic.