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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.  As a strong advocate of breaking boundaries between performers and the public, trying to promote and share classical music with wider audiences, Peled was recently praised by Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith:

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.

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 described his:

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

During the 2011/12 season, Mr. Peled embarked on an extensive concerto debut tour in the US and Germany with the Nordwest Philharmonie, performing both Shostakovich concerto No. 1 and Victor Herbert’s cello concerto, visiting nineteen different cities.  Moreover, Peled joined the legendary Krzysztof Penderecki for his cello concerto in Chicago’s Millennium Park; performed the Elgar and Shostakovich concertos with Maestro Michael Stern and the IRIS Orchestra; performed Haydn’s C Major cello concerto with Nicola Luisotti and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra; and, performed the Schumann concerto with the Israel Chamber Orchestra.  After an enthusiastic recital debut at the Kennedy Center, Mr. Peled will return to that prestigious stage in the 2012/13 season.

As a recording artist, Mr. Peled releaed his third Centaur Records CD “Reflections” in the summer of 2012. Mr. Peled’s previous two CDs, “The Jewish Soul” and “Cellobration” (Centaur Records), are critically acclaimed (and available for sale at the concert). Fanfare Magazine stated:

By all evidence, Amit Peled is a superb cellist. His technical prowess in the Davidoff and Ligeti vouchsafe that; and his tone, of pellucid purity, gleams with a glint of gold in the slow, lyrical numbers.

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. 

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.