Israeli-American cellist, conductor, and pedagogue Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed worldwide as one of the most exciting and virtuosic instrumentalists on the concert stage today. Peled strives to break down the barriers of the concert hall, about which The Baltimore Sun wrote, “his amiable and inviting personality is exactly the type everyone says we’ll need more of if classical music is to survive.” From 2012 through 2018, Peled performed on the Pablo Casals 1733 Goffriller cello. He has been named Music Director for CityMusic Cleveland for the 2019-20 season.
Peled’s 2019-20 season includes performances with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional, Abilene Philharmonic, Bellingham Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, Auburn Symphony (CA), and Fargo-Moorhead Symphony; recitals with Noreen Polera in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Virginia, and a California tour of Beethoven sonatas; the premiere of Joshua Bornfield’s Concerto for Cello and Choir with the Händel Choir of Baltimore; Journey with my Jewishness with Solomon Eichner; a Beethoven cycle with Alon Goldstein in Mexico; and his debut conducting the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. Peled also performs this season with the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio.
In 2017, Peled published a children’s book, A Cello Named Pablo, written by Marni Fogelson and illustrated by Avi Katz. It follows Peled’s journey from the basketball courts of rural Israel to the world’s great concert halls playing one of the most famous instruments of all time and continuing the legacy of Pablo Casals.
The Amit Peled Cello Gang is composed of students from Peled’s studio at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where he has taught since 2003. Peled and the Cello Gang record in professional studios and tour regularly around the country, performing concerti, cello choir repertoire, and more in an effort to give the conservatory students more professional experience. Peled is also the founder, conductor, and artistic director of the Mount Vernon Virtuosi, a chamber orchestra dedicated to launching the careers of recently graduated music students. Peled is a founding member of the famed Tempest Trio with pianist Alon Goldstein and violinist Ilya Kaler.
Peled’s extensive discography includes critically acclaimed CDs on the Naxos, Centaur, CAP, CTM Classics, and Delos Labels. His release Casals Homage, which features the legendary 1915 Pablo Casals program, topped the iTunes charts in 2016. Peled and the Amit Peled Cello Gang released a cello ensemble album on Peled’s own label CTM Classics in 2017. His recording, To Brahms with Love… From the Cello of Pablo Casals (CAP Records, June 2018), features Brahms’ Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 with pianist Noreen Polera. Peled released a recording of Bach’s iconic Cello Suites Nos. 1-3 on the Casals cello in February 2019, which AllMusic called “an important new statement in the history of these works.” Upcoming album releases include a recording of the Cassado cello sonatas for Naxos and the second installment of the Bach Suites for CTM Classics.
Raised on a kibbutz in Israel, Amit Peled began playing the cello at age 10. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and children and performs on the only known copy of the “Servais” Stradivarius by Vuillaume ca. 1865.
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