Pieter Wispelwey

Cello

Biography

“Cello playing of incomparable technical and musical accomplishment.”
The Sunday Times

“Wispelwey’s playing is at once supremely lyrical and furiously intense”
The Guardian

"Wispelwey is one of the deepest of contemporary cellists”
American Record Guide

“Deeply communicative and highly individual performances.”
New York Times

“An outstanding cellist and a really wonderful musician”
Gramophone

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.

Born in Haarlem, Netherlands, Wispelwey’s sophisticated musical personality is rooted in the training he received: from early years with DickyBoeke and AnnerBylsma in Amsterdam to Paul Katz in the USA and William Pleeth in Great Britain. In 1992 he became the first cellist ever to receive the Netherlands Music Prize, which is awarded to the most promising young musician in the Netherlands.

Highlights among future concerto performances include an extensive project around the concertos dedicated to Rostropovich with the Australian symphony orchestras, as well as engagements with theSao Paulo Symphony and Liege Philharmonic.
Wispelwey recently undertook a successful tour with forte-pianist KristianBezuidenhout with performances in the Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall and Bruges Concertgebouw playing the complete cello works of Beethoven. A further tour is planned for the season 2013 ? 14. Recent and future solo recital highlights include Paris (Louvre), London (LSO St Luke’s, Wigmore Hall), Boston (Celebrity Series), Dortmund (Konzerthaus), Tokyo (Topan Hall), Beijing (National Performing Arts Centre), Seoul, Athens (Megaron Hall), as well as festivals in Amsterdam (Prinsengracht), Poland (WratislaviaCantans), and tours in Italy, Germany and North America.

Along with Patricia Kopatchinskaia, PekkaKuusisto, violins; and Lilli Maijala, viola, Wispelwey is a member of the ensemble ‘Quartet-Lab’ who debut at the Konzerthaus Dortmund in September 2012, with extensive touring planned for the season 2013-14.

Pieter Wispelwey celebrates his 50th birthday this year by embarking on a project showcasing the Bach Cello Suites. He will record the complete Suites for the third time, to be releasedin September on the label ‘Evil Penguin Classics’ along with a DVD featuring concert performances of the suites along with interviews and debates with Pieter and eminent Bach scholars.

Wispelwey’s career spans five continents and he has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, St Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon, Tokyo Philharmonic, Sapporo Symphony, Sydney Symphony, London Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, GewandhausOrchester Leipzig, Danish National Radio Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg, collaborating with conductors including Ivan Fischer, Esa-PekkaSalonen, Herbert Blomstedt, YannickNézet-Séguin, Jeffrey Tate, Kent Nagano, Sir Neville Marriner, Philippe Herreweghe, VassilySinaisky, Vladimir Jurowski, Paavo Berglund, Louis Langrée, Marc Minkowski, Ton Koopman, Libor Pesek and Sir Roger Norrington.

With regular recital appearances in London (Wigmore Hall), Paris (Châtelet, Louvre), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw), Brussels (Bozar), Berlin (Konzerthaus), Milan (Societta del Quartetto), Buenos Aires (Teatro Colon), Sydney (The Utzon Room), Los Angeles (Walt Disney Hall) and New York (Lincoln Center), Wispelwey has established a reputation as one of the most charismatic recitalists on the circuit

Pieter Wispelwey has an impressive discography ( Onyx and Channel Classics) of over 20 recordings, six of which attracted major international awards.
Releases include Walton’s Cello Concerto (Sydney Symphony/Jeffrey Tate), Prokofiev’s SymphonieConcertante (Rotterdam Philharmonic/VassilySinaisky), and the Britten Cello Symphony ( Flanders Symphony / Seikyo Kim) ? all recorded live; and a unique set of works by Schubert for cello and piano (Fantasy D934, Grand Duo D574, Arpeggione Sonata), recorded on period instruments.

His most recent recording is a recital disc featuring the Mendelssohn cello sonatas and a selection of Chopin Waltzes arranged for cello and piano, available on Onyx.

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

For further details:
Gaetan Le Divelec - gaetan.ledivelec@askonasholt.co.uk - +44 20 7400 1741

June 2012
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