The 6 Bach Suites in Noorderkerk, Amsterdam
This Saturday (14th January), in The Noorderkerk in Amsterdam, Pieter will perform all 6 Bach Suites. The concert starts at 19.30. Click for Tickets and Information
For those who can’t make it, the concert is being steamed live at 19.30 European time on the Facebook page ‘CelloBello. Click here for the link
On 10th January Pieter is in Lyon in the Auditorium Orchestre National de Lyon to play all 6 Bach Suites on period instruments. Don’t miss it if you’re in the area!
Come and study with Pieter at The Robert Schumann Hochschule Dusseldorf
Pieter is now in his third semester as Professor at The Robert Schumann Hochschule in Dusseldorf. If you’re interested in studying with him don’t hesitate to contact him through this site or check out the school’s website here:
Robert Schumann Hochschule Dusselfdorf
Kodaly Solo Sonata in Cardiff
On 29th September Pieter can be heard in the beautiful concert hall at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff with a fantastic programme of Bach Suite No 3, Britten Suite No 1 and the awe-inspiring Kodaly Sonata. Not to be missed!
This weekend: Dvorak Concerto with Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and Hannu Lintu at Angela Hewitt’s Trasimeno Festival
Elgar with CBSO in Birmingham Symphony Hall
Thursday 16th and Saturday 18th June: Elgar Concerto with CBSO and Kazuki Yamada.
Click here for ticket details
Fantastic review for the Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis!
….’Technically superb, Wispelwey’s impressive variety of tonal options also negotiated the vast emotional upheavals of this work as it ranged from quiet contemplation, moments of sardonic humour, through to raging aggression’….
(Sydney Morning Herald, 21 June 2015)
To read the full review click Here
Pieter plays Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante with Sir Andrew Davis and The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
On 19th, 20th and 22nd June Pieter is in Melbourne to perform Prokofiev’s enormous ‘Sinfonia Concertante’ with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis. For more information: Click Here
Bach Suite Marathon in Toulouse (Auditorium Saint Pierre des Cuisines)
During the weekend of 6th/7th June Pieter is in Toulouse to perform all 6 Bach suites as part of the ‘Passe ton Bach d’abord’ Festival 2015. Click here for more details: Passe ton Bach d’abord
Pieter’s latest CD – the first in a series of the complete Brahms/Schubert duos with pianist Paolo Giacometti is out and available.
The new CD, the first of 5, includes Schubert’s bewitching Fantasie D.934 and the joyful Sonatina D.409 as well as Brahms’s deeply lyrical Viola Sonata op120/2.
For more information and/or to buy: EPR Classics Store
Dvorak Concerto with l’Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France in Chatelet, Paris
Concert in Paris on Wednesday 14th January, in Chaville on 16th January, in Le Vésinet on 17th and in Puteaux on 18th.
Click here for details of the Paris concert
Haydn Concerto in C in Helsinki with FRSO
On Thursday 12th November Pieter performs Haydn Concerto in C with The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Douglas Boyd.
Click here for all the details
New CD release – Rococo Variations, CPE Bach Concerto and Stravinsky Suite Italienne (with orchestra)
Pieter’s ‘Rococo’ disc is about to be pressed and will be available for purchase early in November. Together with Musikkollegium Winterthur directed by violinist Jonathan Morton Pieter has recorded three sparkling pieces: Tchaikovsky’s ‘Rococo Variations’, CPE Bach’s ‘Concerto in A major’ and Stravinsky’s ‘Suite Italienne’ (arr for cello and string orchestra B. Wallfisch).
Available for download from mid-November: click here for EPR Classic
quartet-lab’s ‘Black Angel’ tour
quartet-lab (Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Pekka Kuusisto, Lilli Maijala and Pieter Wispelwey) are on the road again in the 2nd half of October. They will be appearing in Luxembourg, Leuven, London Wigmore Hall, Laufen, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Dortmund and Vienna with a programme of Crumb ‘Black Angels’, Beethoven op18/4, John Cage ‘Living Room Music’, Mozart ‘Ein Musikalisches Würfelspiel’ for string quartet and Biber ‘Battalia’ (plus extra ‘surprise’ pieces announced from the stage) Don’t miss the opportunity to hear and see them in action. ‘…Music making at its most animated and splendid..’ (The Guardian 2013)
New Season news
The 2014-15 season gets under way with Schumann’s Cello Concerto with The Joensuu Symphony Orchestra in Finland under the baton of fellow Dutchman Jurjen Hempel.
For more details about the concert on 11th September Click here
Fantastic review for Britten ‘Cello Symphony’ with RTE Symphony Orchestra, Dublin.
‘…The Symphony for Cello and Orchestra is an entirely different proposition…..This thirty-five minute work is unique in Britten’s output as his only symphonic work on that kind of scale. It is also strikingly unusual in general for its integration of the symphonic and concerto models. It is an intensely dark work in four movements, extremely dissonant and dense compared to most of Britten’s work. Pieter Wispelwey is one of those magnetic performers who draws you in to a new, sublime world with every note. His playing is technically flawless, his tuning unworldly, but that is hardly the point – he is one of the greatest musicians. His performance style manages to combine introversion with a capacity for dramatic flourishes aimed squarely at the audience, part of what sets him apart. This Cello Symphony is a difficult listen but a rewarding one – it is a masterwork – and Wispelwey’s performance is one to seek out…’
‘…..Wispelwey returns alone for the late night concert and performed Britten’s third cello suite. Riveting beyond belief, it offers a very strong ending to what is ultimately a changeable evening.’
quartet-lab get 3 fantastic reviews for their Wigmore Hall debut
The Guardian: 5 stars ‘This resolutely upbeat quartet, formed just a year ago, present music-making at its most animated and splendid’ Click here for full review
The Times: 5 stars ‘… in this liveliest of programmes, quartet-lab’s most jaw-dropping gift was the unanimity of ensemble and attack. Through hairpin dynamics, lurching accents, or phrasings sweet as apple cider, the four played as one, sometimes conjuring colours that I’d never heard from a quartet line-up before.’
The Independent: 5 stars ‘…their combined virtuosity took the breath away…’ Click here for full review
The new CD is out! ‘…Wispelwey’s mellow tone and mellifluous phrasing colour the music with exquisite refinement and subtle shading..’ The Telegraph
‘..A spellbinding performance from cellist Pieter Wispelwey..’
Another fantastic review for the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto in the Sydney Morning Herald:
‘The Cello Concerto (1970) by Witold Lutoslawski (born 1913) was written in the closing years of the postwar avant garde, yet its beautifully crafted modernist language and complex micro-textures endure in the postmodern world due to the bold clarity of its vision, and also, on this occasion, to a spellbinding performance from cellist Pieter Wispelwey.
As commentator Andrew Ford noted in a pre-performance talk, the work is quintessentially theatrical, pitching the sometimes whimsical, sometimes bold actions of the soloist against a large orchestra.
Playing entirely from memory, Wispelwey performed the first movement – a cello solo pitting the monotony of repeated notes against imaginative flights of fancy – with whimsy, finesse and drama.’
Review of the Lutoslawski in The Australian
Pieter received a great review for the Lutoslawski in Sydney Opera House! Click on the link below to read it: