PIETER WISPELWEY, cello
Cellist Pieter Wispelwey has enjoyed a long, lauded career built upon his ease with both period and modern works, combined with a truly original interpretative ability and phenomenal technical mastery. He has won the hearts of critics and public alike in repertoire ranging from JS Bach to Schnittke, Elliott Carter and works composed for him.
Wispelwey enjoys many fruitful chamber music collaborations, with regular duo partners like pianists Cédric Tiberghien and Alasdair Beatson. He appears as a guest artist with a number of string quartets including the Australian String Quartet. Wispelwey’s career spans five continents and he has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestra, as well as regular recital appearances at some of the world’s finest halls, including London’s Wigmore, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Paris’ Châtelet and New York’s Lincoln Center. Born in The Netherlands, Wispelwey’ studied with Dicky Boeke and Anner Bylsma in Amsterdam and later with Paul Katz in the USA and William Pleeth in the UK. Pieter Wispelwey plays on a 1760 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini cello and a 1710 Rombouts baroque cello.
PEI-SHAN LEE, piano
Pianist Pei-Shan Lee has become one of the most sought-after pianists on the concert circuit today, with performances at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and Boston’s Jordan Hall, among many others. Ms. Lee has collaborated with some of America’s most important musicians, including Donald Weilerstein, Ani Kavafian, Stefan Jackiw, Kim Kashkashian, and Andres Diaz, as well as the Jupiter, the Harlem, and the Formosa String quartets. A member of the Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music faculty at the New England Conservatory, Ms. Lee recently created a new MM in Collaborative Piano at the California State University Northridge. She has also led the Collaborative Piano Fellowships at the Bowdoin International Music Festival since 2015.
Ms. Lee came to the U.S. for piano study after winning the Youth Division of Taiwan’s National Piano Competition. The Cleveland Institute awarded her the Rosa Lobe Memorial Award in recognition of the highest level of artistic achievement in Collaborative Piano. Her doctoral thesis “The Collaborative Pianist: Balancing Roles in Partnership”, has become an important resource for schools wishing to begin/develop a Collaborative Piano program.
BENJAMIN BOWMAN, violin
American-Canadian violinist Benjamin Bowman was recently appointed as concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera, and is also a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Benjamin is very active as a chamber musician, recitalist and soloist. He regularly performs in concerts and festivals in Europe and North America. Most recently, he was nominated for a 2017 Grammy for his recording with the ARC (Artists of the Royal Conservatory) Ensemble (‘The Chamber Works of Jerzy Fitelberg’) and was also featured on the 2013 Juno-winning album ‘Levant’ with the Amici Chamber Ensemble. Other collaborative work includes extensive immersion in contemporary music, improvisation and performance with singer/songwriters. Bowman received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. His instrument was made by François Pique, in Paris, in 1798.