Cellist Amit Peled masters the highest art

Cellist presented his skills with the most demanding music in the cemetery church.

Wuppertal. Anyone who needs to change his concert program because of force majeure is usually safe. It is not uncommon to select pieces which do not meet the highest technical requirements because the preparation time is very short. The Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled had no such attitude. He came to the cemetery church with works, which are a test-piece of every instrumentalist, on which - in a casual manner - the chaff separates from the wheat.

Johann Sebastian Bach's first Cellosuite in G major (BWV 1007) is technically very demanding. No less than the legendary cellist Pablo Casals (1876-1973) once said about the cycle of the six suites: "They are the quintessence of Bach's work, and Bach is the quintessence of all music."

The Arpeggione Sonata by Franz Schubert is one of the most demanding and delicate pieces in the cello repertoire. This is because the work was composed in the original for the Arpeggione (a six-string hermaphroditic guitar and cello), which has fallen into oblivion. What was playable on an Arpeggione is a real challenge on the cello.

The "Hungarian Rhapsody" op. 68 is no match for this high level. A heavily heavy cadence triggers the other, accompanied by neck-like fast runs and tone repetitions. It is a piece of par excellence.

Strict sound and sharp accents
With a stringent discreet tone and sharp accentuations such as phrasing in the fast dances, Bach's masterpiece came from the famous Casals cello. Smooth layer changes contributed to the fact that the Schubert sonatas "sang" incredibly beautifully. The highest virtuoso class was to be enjoyed with Poppers' exuberant rhapsody.

On the basis of Max Bruch's "Kol Nidrei" op. 47 and as an encore to a Jewish prayer of the Swiss-American composer Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), Peled also bowed to Judaism. He was extremely touching and touching, with a soft, warm singing piano, he captivated the numerous audiences.

Apart from Bach's Solowerk, his friend and piano accompanist Stefan Petrov was a congenial partner to him. Sensitively he walked with the wing. His in-breathing, never-in-front style of playing had a big part in the fact that Peled was able to design his exciting musical lines with a great inner peace.

The first-class chamber concert concluded with enthusiastic, long-lasting applause. Thus the concert company Wuppertal as a concert organizer thanks to the great initiative of Loretta and Werner Ischebeck again.

Cellist Amit Peled: "Casals connects us directly with the past"

Amit Peled will be on Friday night at 7 pm in the cemetery church. He plays the cello of the legendary Pablo Casals.

Wuppertal. When the doors of the Friedhof church are open on Friday, April 28, at 7 pm, a cellist can be heard, who is not yet known here, but elsewhere in the world. Amit Peled is the Israeli-American musician who has the great honor of playing the instrument of the legendary Pablo Casals. It was built in 1733 by Matteo Goffriller.

He has a similar reputation as a cello conductor, as Antonio Stradivari, whose violin has cult status. With this cello and the pianist Stefan Petrov, he will present a rich program: Johann Sebastian Bach's first Cellosuite in G major (BWV 1007), "Kol Nidrei" op. 47 by Max Bruch, the "Hungarian Rhapsody" ( Hungarian Rhapso-die), op. 68 from the pen of David Popper and Franz Schubert's famous "Arpeggione Sonata".

How did you get to know the pianist Stefan Petrov? And since when do they play regularly?

Amit Peled: We've known each other for 15 years. Stefan was a student at the Peabody Conservatory, where I taught and played sonatas with my students. From the beginning I admired his abilities. My teaching is, among other things, to play concerts with my students and so began our collaboration. Shortly thereafter we became a duo - and friends.

They rarely perform in Germany. What is the reason why you appear in Wuppertal?

Peled: In January 2016, I was invited to play the double concerto of Johannes Brahms in the Wuppertaler Stadthalle with the violinist Katharina Kang, and found a musical home in Loretta and Werner Ischebeck, the young orchestra and his conductor Ingo Ernst Reihl. Shortly thereafter we played the Elgar concert, and now I am looking forward to a more intimate way of music making.

Max Bruch composed "Kol Nidrei" for cello and orchestra. From whom is the arrangement that you play?

Peled: From the cellist Leonard Rose.

Why play a piece of David Popper?

Peled: Popper was the greatest cellist of the 19th century and has enriched the Cellorepertoire with pieces that he wrote mainly for himself and his students. Unfortunately, these "show pieces" have disappeared from most classical concerts. And I am very happy to make these pieces known to the public again.

Can you explain why you just love the cello of Pablo Casals?

Peled: Casals is the grandfather of all cellists and connects us directly with the past. He even played for Brahms as a child. His cello has a very human sound that allows me to produce sound colors that I have not yet known. 

What are your next concerts in Wuppertal and a day later in Essen?

Peled: After my concerts in Essen and Wuppertal I fly to Gran Canaria to perform the Cellokonzert by Antonín Dvoák with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria under the direction of Sebastian Lang Lessing. In addition, a recording of both Brahms sonatas and Schubert's Arpeggione sonata is on the schedule and the performance of the Dvorak concert at the Mozarteum Salzburg.

They regularly appear in Europe and the USA. Do you have problems with jet lag?

Peled: I travel very much and am therefore in a permanent jet. I'm awake when I'm working, and I sleep between. Thank God, I can sleep very well on the plane!

Strauss German Vs Austrian Strauss by the OSX

This Friday, March 31 , will be held the eleventh concert of the Symphony Orchestra of Xalapa, which will feature the participation of the soloist Amit Peled in the Cello and Yuri Inti Bullón in the Viola, who will perform along with the OSX works by the three Strauss , The Austrian Richard Strauss and the German family of Johann Strauss. Under the baton of Lanfranco Marcelletti. 

Israeli-born cellist Amit Peled has been acclaimed in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia as one of the most emotional instrumentalists in the concert music scene today. Firm defender of breaking the barriers between the artist and his audience, and endowed with an exceptional artistic depth and a charismatic scenic presence,

After a series of appearances in the world's most important concert halls, the New York Times stated: "Its shimmering tone, seductive timbre and a particularly emotional approach to phrasing lead one to want to hear it again."

Yurii Inti Bullón is a native of Xalapa, Veracruz, and a graduate of the Faculty of Music of the Universidad Veracruzana, where he studied violin with Rodrigo García Gama, Míkhail Medvid and, in the professional cycle, with Erasmo Capilla. From 2003 to the present he is a member of the OSX, where he plays as principal in the violas section. Bullón has been invited by diverse national groups to make tours through Europe, his performances as soloist have been excellently received by the public, and with this organism has acted under the direction of teachers like Eduardo Sánchez Zúber, Antonio López Ríos, Héctor Guzmán, David Porcelijn, James Paul and Fernando Lozano.

On this occasion, the cellist Amit Peled and the violist Yuri Inti Bullón , together with the OSX, will play one of the most important pieces based on the knight of the sad figure, is the symphonic poem Don Quixote by Richard Strauss. The work consists of an introduction, which presents the main characters, Don Quixote represented by the cello soloist and Sancho Panza, represented by the viola soloist (and sometimes by the tuba and bass clarinet), ten variations, which respect The adventures of the gentleman along with his loyal companion, and an epilogue, which indicates the end of the story and the death of the protagonist.

On the other hand, OSX will present a selection of Waltzes and Polcas from the Strauss dynasty, one of the most influential families in the music world, which contributed to the rise in popularity and quality of dance music during the 19th century, especially The Viennese waltz, which reached its most celebrated thanks to the family. Its members intelligently combined a mixture of their great artistic creativity and their ability for business in such a way that their works became extremely popular, both waltzes, polkas, crews, marches, among others.

The appointment is this Friday at 20:30 hrs in Tlaqná, Cultural Center of the University of Veracruz . The cost of tickets is $ 80.00, $ 120.00, $ 30.00 with student credential. For more information, visit www.orquestasinfonicadexalapa.com or visit us on Facebook as the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra.

Cellist Amit Peled performs at Palm Beach Symphony Fire & Ice gala

Cellist Amit Peled performed at The Palm Beach Symphony’s 15th annual gala, Fire & Ice: Symphony Beneath the Stars, Feb. 20 at The Breakers.

The event raised more than $550,000, a fundraising record for the symphony, thanks in part to a matching gift from the Klorfine Foundation. Symphony members were challenged by the foundation with a limited-time campaign to raise funds that would be matched up to $250,000 in support of gala efforts.

The funds will help the symphony “fulfill its mission of cultivating classical music and growing its community and educational outreach programs throughout the greater Palm Beaches.” More than 250 people attended.

Gala co-chairwoman and chairman Nannette Cassidy and Philip Reagan welcomed guests.

Dale McNulty, Palm Beach Symphony board president, thanked the gala co-chairs for creating an evening in honor and memory of Mercedes Cassidy, a longtime member of the symphony. David McClymont, executive director of the symphony, highlighted the organization’s educational and community outreach programs. Local high school student Victoria Bran-Lopez, who last year received a violin from its instrument donation program, spoke about her experience.

Guests included Maria Cassidy, Don and Mary Thompson, Marietta McNulty, Leslie Rose, Denise McCann, Leonard and Norma Klorfine, James Borynack, Adolfo Zaralegui, Leslie Blum, Jerome J. Claeys III, Don Ephraim, Paul and Sandra Goldner, Arlette Gordon, Joseph Andrew and Carol Hays, Charles and Ann Johnson, Michael and Amy McGowan, Herme deWyman Miro, Ellis J. and Nancy Parker, Lois Pope, Marguerite Rosner, Tom and Tricia Trimble, and Sieglinde Wikstrom.


North Palm middle schoolers get a visit from world-renowned cellist


A world-renowned cellist visited the classroom of local middle school students last week to give them a music lesson.

Amit Peled worked coached a masterclass for music students Feb. 23 at The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach. During that time, he worked with sixth grade student Eric Levine, a promising violin player, according to a news release.

Peled subsequently presented a lecture recital to middle school students for the school’s Career Day. He talked about his life as a professional musician and performed a piece he had rehearsed with Levine in the classroom.

Peled is a renowned Israeli cellist who was hosted by the Palm Beach Symphony. He’s performed as a soloist with many orchestras and in Carnegie Hall in New York, Salle Gaveau in Paris and Wigmore Hall in London, according to his bio.

The events at the school Thursday were part of the Palm Beach Symphony’s continued educational and community outreach in northern Palm Beach County. The symphony about three years ago started a campaign to collect instruments for schools that needed them. Top musicians started giving coaching sessions to young students.


Amit Peled- Live Stream with Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

You can watch Amit Peled on a Livestream broadcast with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra on March 1, 2017 at 18:00 (GMT). That is 11:00am (EST)! 

You can watch live HERE!

Palm Beach Symphony, Ballet Palm Beach to perform free concert Sunday

Be prepared to say hello — loudly — if you attend Palm Beach Symphony’s and Ballet Palm Beach’s free concert Sunday at the Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.

Soloist Amit Peled will be expecting to hear you. Peled, an Israeli-American cellist who was chosen by Pablo Casals’ widow to inherit his 1733 Goffriler cello, likes to begin his performances with a greeting. If the audience remains mum, he informs them it’s OK to reply.

“That breaks the ice,” he said. “That starts them thinking maybe this event can be entertaining. That’s what classical music is, entertainment. It’s high-level entertainment, but it’s entertainment.”

Planting that seed is what Harmony: An Exhibition of the Arts is about.

“It’s bringing art to the community and allowing the community to experience it for free,” said Teneka James, associate director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, which is covering the $50,000 cost.

The concert is presented by the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District, which the authority created in 2014 to promote more than 20 cultural venues clustered in or near downtown.

More than 3,000 people attended Harmony’s debut last year, which also featured the symphony and Ballet Palm Beach.

Ramon Tebar, the symphony’s artistic and music director, chose the program with the audience in mind.

“I try to program known repertory, works that most of the audience can recognize,” he said. “Most of them are masterworks.”

Peled will play the first movement from Antonin Dvorak’s cello concerto and will accompany a ballerina for Camille Saint-Saens’ The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals.

“To be honest, I don’t know how it will be,” Peled said with a chuckle. “I might stand up and dance with her. We want the feeling of a festival rather than just another event.”

Peled has been in residence with the symphony since Monday. He’s probably the organization’s first artist in residence, symphony board president Dale McNulty said.

The cellist performed at the gala Monday at The Breakers. His schedule also includes outreach events Thursday and today at The Benjamin School and Palm Beach Day Academy.

The concert on Sunday will give Ballet Palm Beach’s professional troupe the rare opportunity to perform with a 62-piece orchestra. The company usually can’t afford live musical accompaniment.

The dancers also will perform to the waltz from Aram Khachaturian’s Masquerade Suite and Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre.

The waltz, which features three couples, “is fun with a lot of lifts,” said Artistic Director Colleen Smith, who choreographed the piece.

The Danse Macabre isn’t exactly family entertainment. “It’s supposed to be death waking up bones,” Smith said. “I’m not going to play it that way. I decided to use the music for its own sake.”

The orchestra will round out the program with Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, selections from Khachaturian’s Spartacus Suite No. 2, and Gayaneh and the Bacchanale from Saint-Saens’ Samson et Dalila.

Peled, who will jet to Israel next week to perform with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, hopes to have made some friends by Sunday.

“I hope that by the climax more people will come and get more enjoyment out of the concert because they feel that they know me personally,” he said.

If You Go-----

What: Harmony: An Exhibition of the Arts featuring cellist Amit Peled, Palm Beach Symphony and Ballet Palm Beach

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Meyer Amphitheatre, 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach

For information: call 833-8878 or visit downtownwpbarts.com

Attendees are invited to bring blankets, chairs and picnic fare for seating on the grass. VIP tickets with valet parking, covered seating, champagne, wine and a buffet lunch will be available for $100 apiece through 5 p.m. today. For information, call 833-8873.

You can hear Peled perform the first movement from Antonin Dvorak’s cello concerto with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8dqDVhnO7M

Famed cellist to be honored during American Music Festival

The American Music Festival continues its 27th season at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the History Museum of Carteret County in Morehead City with Amit Peled in a unique homage to Pablo Casals.  

Mr. Casals, who died in 1973, is regarded as one of the greatest cellists of all time.
The program will feature excerpts from popular cello works, works that Mr. Casals himself might have played for the audience.

Mr. Peled will be accompanied by the pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera, who ranks among the most highly regarded chamber artists performing today and maintains a career that has taken her to every major American music center and abroad to Europe.

Mr. Peled’s concert will provide a combination of well-known classical music, a close connection between the artists and their instruments and evoke a long musical tradition.

The instrument for the concert will be the 1733 Goffriller cello. This instrument was used by Mr. Casals and was loaned to Mr. Peled by Mr. Casal’s widow, Marta, so the instrument could be brought to life again.

Mr. Peled has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and in the world’s premier concert halls.  He has also been featured on TV and radio stations throughout the world, including NPR’s “Performance Today.”

When not performing, Mr. Peled is a professor at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

A local nonprofit organization, the American Music Festival has been providing music to Carteret County and Eastern North Carolina for the last 27 years.

A portion of the ticket proceeds and donations to the American Music Festival go to provide music outreach programs for county school children.

Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $30. Call 252-728-6152 for reservations.  
The next concert in the series is Saturday, Feb. 18, at the museum with a performance by The Horszowski Piano Trio.
They will be performing works by Mendelssohn and Beethoven.

Communique: Amit Peled + Pablo Casals' Cello | Sunday At Beckwith Recital Hall

World-renowned Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled performs in Wilmington on Sunday...and he'll be playing Pablo Casals' cello.  The cello, a 1733 Goffriller, was loaned to Peled by Casals' widow, Marta, about 4 years ago. After seeing (and hearing) Peled play, Marta decided that he was the right musician to bring the cello to life again.  Peled now speaks through this instrument with his own voice. Listen to Amit Peled and Barbara McKenzie from Chamber Music Wilmington talk about the cello above. 

Peled's Sunday evening playlist: Bach's Cello Suite #1 in G Minor; Arpeggione Sonata by Shubert; David Popper's Tarantella; and 5 folk pieces by Sulkhan Tsintsadze. The performance, Hommage à Pablo Casals, is at Beckwith Recital Hall on Sunday, January 29 at 7:30pm. This special event concert benefits music scholarships at the UNCW Music Department. Tickets are available through the Kenan Box Office, 910-962-3500, online, and at the door at Beckwith Recital Hall 30 minutes prior to the show. 

Barbara McKenzie, the Artistic Director for Chamber Music Wilmington, says Casals' musical insight and interpretative quality were remarkable. Casals occupies an honored place in music history; he was not only a virtuoso-he changed the fate of his instrument, extricating it from the ensemble to its place as a solo instrument. Casals forged new playing technique and is considered one of the greatest cellists of all time.  Listen to Amit Peled talk about Casals, his hero, in this WEB EXTRA below. 

Cellist, Amit Peled, inspires with his sound

Wuppertal . In the Stadthalle, the Junge Orchester NRW provided almost 500 listeners with a listening pleasure of the extra class. As a guest, the ensemble, which is composed of young laymen and professionals from all over NRW, welcomed Amit Peled. The Israeli-American cellist is regarded as one of the best soloists of his guild.

"For a free ensemble like ours a great honor", wrote orchestra director Ingo Ernst Reihl in the program booklet. The widow of the century musician Pablo Casals was so impressed by Amit Peled that she entrusted him with the cello of her deceased husband.

On this instrument built in 1733, Peled played the cello concerto by Edward Elgar. It is the last completed work of the English composer - an "autumnal" dark music of great melodic beauty. Visibly bewitched, the audience listened to the penetratingly clear tones with which Peled interpreted the recitative of the first movement.

The orchestra presented the catchy main theme, which the cellist pursued with high intensity. After the fast second movement, Peled showed his art in a flowing elegiac bow, before the orchestra went to the fourth set with Verve. Then the cellist had a powerful performance when he picked up the recitative of the prelude and connected it elegantly to the finale theme.

No, the listeners found that could not be anything. They clapped as long as the cellist came back on stage for a solo. The piece of his choice was "Prayer from Jewish Life". Like Elgar, composer Ernest Bloch let bright and dark colors changieren - only just concentrated on a few minutes. For the musical prayer Peled tones that vibrated with passion.

*please note that this article was translated from German to English

From the Studio: Cellist Amit Peled

Cello Soloist, Amit Peled will be performing with the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Kevin Hekmatpanah, on Tuesday evening, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. , at the Martin Woldson Theater At the Fox.

This morning, Mr. Peled spoke with Verne Windham during the Morning Classical program about the program, and about performing with a student orchestra.

For more information about the artist and the program, please visit the Gonzaga Symphony website.

Peled Talks About His Pablo Casals Journey

John F. Kennedy's presidency would light up the arts in America as never before. And no event would more symbolize that than the 1961 White House concert played by cellist Pablo Casals, then almost 85 years old.

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, exactly 55 years to the day after that historic concert, celebrated soloist, Amit Peled will step onto the Porter Center stage to play the very cello...