The 6 Bach Suites in Noorderkerk, Amsterdam

Posted on January 11, 2017

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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


Posted on January 3, 2017

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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

Posted on November 24, 2016

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

Posted on September 14, 2016

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!


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This weekend: Dvorak Concerto with Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and Hannu Lintu at Angela Hewitt’s Trasimeno Festival

Posted on June 28, 2016

Trasimeno Music Festival 2016 – click here for more details

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Elgar with CBSO in Birmingham Symphony Hall

Posted on June 12, 2016

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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!

Posted on June 21, 2015

….’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

Posted on June 11, 2015

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

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Bach Suite Marathon in Toulouse (Auditorium Saint Pierre des Cuisines)

Posted on May 31, 2015

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

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Pieter’s latest CD – the first in a series of the complete Brahms/Schubert duos with pianist Paolo Giacometti is out and available.

Posted on May 31, 2015

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

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Dvorak Concerto with l’Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France in Chatelet, Paris

Posted on January 12, 2015

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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

Posted on November 11, 2014

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)

Posted on October 7, 2014

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

Posted on October 7, 2014

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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

Posted on September 4, 2014

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.

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For more details about the concert on 11th September Click here

Fantastic review for Britten ‘Cello Symphony’ with RTE Symphony Orchestra, Dublin.

Posted on December 6, 2013

‘…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

Posted on September 18, 2013

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

Posted on May 13, 2013

Listen to some of Lalo Cello Concerto In D Minor – Prélude_ Lento – Allegro Maestoso

Click here to buy the CD

Read the full review in The Telegraph

‘..A spellbinding performance from cellist Pieter Wispelwey..’

Posted on May 6, 2013

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.’

Click here to read the full review

Review of the Lutoslawski in The Australian

Posted on May 4, 2013

Pieter received a great review for the Lutoslawski in Sydney Opera House!  Click on the link below to read it:

review in The Australian