Pieter Wispelwey CELLO

Pieter Wispelwey is among the first of a generation of performers who are equally at ease on the modern or the period cello. His acute stylistic awareness, combined with a truly original interpretation and a phenomenal technical mastery, has won the hearts of critics and public alike in repertoire ranging from JS Bach to Schnittke, Elliott Carter and works composed for him.

Highlights among recent and upcoming concerto performances include a major tour in Australia focusing on the cello concertos dedicated to Rostropovich (Sydney, Queensland , West Australian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, and Canberra International Festival), as well as engagements with the National Symphony of Ireland, Warsaw Philharmonic, Beethovenorchester Bonn, Musikkollegium Winterthur and Sao Paulo Symphony.

Recent and future recitals include Vienna (Konzerthaus), Paris (Louvre), London (LSO St Luke’s, Wigmore Hall), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw, Prinsengracht), Brussels (Flagey), Boston (Celebrity Series), San Francisco, Dortmund (Konzerthaus), Essen (Philharmonie), Tokyo (Toppan Hall, Bunka Kaikan), Beijing (National Performing Arts Centre) and the Seoul Arts Center.

Pieter Wispelwey recently formed a string quartet; quartet-lab, with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Pekka Kuusisto and Lilli Maijala. quartet-lab’s debut project was at the Konzerthaus Dortmund in September 2012, and extensive touring is planned in 2013 and 2014, including Wigmore Hall, Konzethaus Berlin, Schloss Elmau, Helsinki Festival and Beethovenfest Bonn.

Pieter Wispelwey celebrated his 50th birthday last year by embarking on a project showcasing the Bach Cello Suites. He made a third recording of the complete Suites, this time also including a DVD featuring illustrated discussions with eminent Bach scholars.

Pieter Wispelwey’s impressive discography of over 20 albums has attracted major international awards. Recent releases include live recordings of Prokofiev’s Symphonie Concertante and Britten Cello Symphony as well as a unique set of works by Schubert for cello and piano recorded on period instruments. His latest release sees him returning to the concerto repertoire and features Lalo’s Cello Concerto and Saint-Saens’s Cello Concerto No.2.

Pieter Wispelwey plays on a 1760 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini cello and a 1710 Rombouts baroque cello.


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