Amit Peled and his cello gang—Cello ensemble
Friday, June 2, 2016, 7:00 P.M. Tickets
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“Creating music with ‘my very own flesh and blood’ students has been truly special for me. Witnessing how they blossom on stage, engage with the public, and create magical moments has given me the greatest pleasure as a musician and a teacher.”
From the United States to Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Israeli cellist Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today. At 6’5” tall, Peled started life as a basketball player and was called “larger than life” when he enveloped his cello and “Jacqueline du Pré in a farmer’s body.” Peled often surprises audiences with the way her breaks down barriers between performers and the public, making classical music more accessible to wider audiences. Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun reflected on a recent performance: “Peled did a lot of joking in remarks to the audience. His amiable and inviting personality is exactly the type everyone says we’ll need more of if classical music is to survive.”
During the 2016/17 season, Mr. Peled will continue sharing with audiences the sound of the historic cello of Pablo Casals. The instrument, a Goffriler ca. 1733, was personally handed to him by the Maestro’s widow, Mrs. Marta Casals Istomin. Mr. Peled has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, and in the world’s major concert halls such as: Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, New York; Salle Gaveau, Paris; Wigmore Hall, London; Konzerthaus, Berlin; and Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium. Following his enthusiastically received Alice Tully Hall concerto debut playing the Hindemith cello concerto, the New York Times stated that his playing possessed “Glowing tone, a seductive timbre and an emotionally pointed approach to phrasing that made you want to hear him again.” One of the most sought after cello pedagogues, Mr. Peled is a Professor at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University.