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"Fiery and intelligent, Peled really shone in a bold and dramatically conceived interpretation." - Strad Magazine, London

Amit Peled, cello & Noreen Polera, piano

February 26, 2013, 8pm

Cabell Hall Auditorium, University of Virginia

Underwriter:  Woodard Properties

Children's Concert Underwriter:  Anne Stevens & Cameron Waterman III Fund in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

Program

"CELLOMANIA" 
BeethovenMagic Flute Variations
BrahmsSonata Op. 99 in F
MendelssohnSong
PopperTarantella
SchubertAve Maria
GlazunovChant du Menestrel
EcclesSonata
HaydnAllegro Molto from Concerto in C
GranadosPlayera
BachAria
WilliamsSchindler
DavidoffAt the Fountain
BlochJewish Prayer

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

"The flair of the young Rostropovich"
American Record Guide

From the United States to Europe to 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 ways he 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 2015/16 season, Mr. Peled will continue sharing with audiences around the world the sound of the historic cello of Pablo Casals. Mrs. Marta Casals Istomin, the widow of Maestro Casals, personally handed him the instrument, a Goffriler ca. 1733. Some of the upcoming highlights with this historic cello include the culmination of a 20 city U.S. recital tour at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington D.C., a recording of the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Washington Chamber Orchestra, an extensive tour with his two chamber music groups, The Tempest Trio and the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio, and return engagements with the Tucson Symphony and Phoenix Symphony. As a continuing advocate for new music this season, Mr. Peled will be premiering a work written especially for him by composer, Lera Auerbach, entitled La suite dels ocells. He will also be collaborating with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with a new music recital series created by composer, Mason Bates, titled KC Jukebox. 

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: “Glowing tone, a seductive timbre and an emotionally pointed approach to phrasing that made you want to hear him again.”

As a recording artist, Amit recently released his fourth Centaur Records CD, “Collage” which will be closely followed by his recording of the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Washington Chamber Orchestra. These records follow three immensely successful installments, “The Jewish Soul,” “Cellobration,” and “Reflections.” As an active chamber musician, Peled is a founding member of the famed Tempest Trio with pianist, Alon Goldstein and violinist, Ilya Kaler, which will open the Tuesday Evening Concert Series 2016/17 season. Their Dvorak CD on Naxos has been described as “The best ‘Dumky’ on disc ever!”

Mr. Peled is also a frequent guest artist, performing and giving master classes at prestigious summer music festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, Schleswig Holstein and Euro Arts Festivals in Germany, Gotland Festival in Sweden, Prussia Cove Festival in England, The Violoncello Forum in Spain, and the Mizra International Academy and Festival in Israel.

Amit Peled has been featured on television and radio stations throughout the world, including NPR’s “Performance Today,” WGBH Boston, WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, Deutschland Radio Berlin, Radio France, Swedish National Radio & TV, and Israeli National Radio & TV.

One of the most sought after cello pedagogues, Mr. Peled is a Professor at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University.

 

www.amitpeled.com

 

The pianist Noreen Polera ranks among the most highly-regarded and diverse chamber artists performing today, and maintains a career that has taken her to every major American music center and abroad to Europe, Russia, and Asian centers of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Seoul.  Recent performances include those at Alice Tully Hall, Zankel Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y, Jordan Hall, Gardener Museum, Kennedy Center, Salle Cortot, and appearances at Caramoor, Bard and Grand Teton festivals, as well as engagements at the Chamber Music Societies of Philadelphia and La Jolla.  She has recorded for EMI, Audiophon and Centaur Records.   

Noreen Polera has collaborated with leading soloists including David Shifrin, Matt Haimovitz, Carter Brey, Antonio Menesis, Aurora-Natalie Ginastera, Yo-Yo Ma and Leonard Rose.  Winner of the Accompanying Prize at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, she regularly collaborates with laureates of the Queen Elisabeth, Tchaikovsky and Naumburg international competitions. 

Ms. Polera’s mastery and affection for the complete standard cello-piano repertory is well-known, as is her attention and dedication to the works of living composers.  In recent seasons she performed Elliott Carter’s venerable Sonata for Cello and Piano on tour in Paris, New York and Philadelphia, along with new works by Lowell Liebermann, Benjamin C.S. Boyle and Kenji Bunch to critical acclaim.  Her CD recording Sound Vessels (with cellist Scott Kluksdahl) features the recording premiere of Richard Wernick’s Duo, and works of Robert Helps, Augusta Read Thomas as well as Elliott Carter.

Noreen Polera holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Martin Canin.