Pieter Wispelwey

The first Musica Viva Armidale concert of 2013 featured highly acclaimed cellist Pieter Wispelwey.

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 Dicky Boeke and Anner Bylsma 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 the Sydney Symphony, Japan Philharmonic, Sao Paulo Symphony, National Symphony of Ireland, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Musikkollegium Orchestra Winterthur, Edmonton Symphony, a tour in Scandinavia with the Muenchener Kammerorchester and in Belgium with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra.

  • Date: April 14, 2013
  • Venue: Armidale Town Hall





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