Pieter Wispelwey, the first cellist to receive the Netherlands Music Prize for promising young musicians, will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, as part of the Kilbourn Concert Series at the Eastman School of Music.
Equally comfortable playing metal- and gut-stringed modern cellos or four and five-stringed baroque cellos, Wispelwey performs a repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach to Elliott Carter. He is regarded as one of the leading cello soloists, earning critical and popular acclaim for his performances of the Bach and Britten unaccompanied cello suites and his recitals of Beethoven and Brahms sonatas. Wispelwey’s local recital in Kilbourn Hall will feature the Bach and Britten suites.
Wispelwey has appeared as a recitalist all over the world, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and the Sydney Opera House. He has performed with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Symphony, and others.
In his first two years as a recording artist, Wispelwey did the complete Bach and Beethoven on period instruments as well as the complete Britten suites and the Kodaly sonata. His CDs also include the Schubert violin sonatinas; Chopin waltzes, mazurkas, and preludes; and the Bach gamba sonatas. Wispelwey has toured and recorded the Schumann and Shostakovich cello concertos with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets to Wispelwey’s recital are $8 to $18 (discount with UR ID). They are available at the Rochester Philharmonic Box Office, 108 East Ave.; by phone (585) 454-2100; or online at esm.rochester.edu/concerts.
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Kilbourn Concert Series: Pieter Wispelwey performs suites for solo cello by J.S. Bach and Benjamin Britten
Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St.
Tickets: $8 to $18 (discount with UR ID); available at the Rochester Philharmonic Box Office, 108 East Ave.; by phone (585) 454-2100; or online at esm.rochester.edu/concerts.