Myra Presents: Sunday Concerts in the Gallery: Amit Peled, Cello
Cellist Amit Peled performed in last season's Concert Series at the North Dakota Museum of Art and Mayville State University. He returns as part of a wonderful "Peled Celebration" of the opening of his sister Zemer Peled's porcelain sculpture exhibition at the North Dakota Museum of Art. His performance in Grand Forks will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. followed by a joint reception for the siblings and the opening of Zemer's exhibition. Mayville's concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017. Amit will perform the program, "Journey with my Jewishness." This powerful and compelling program follows Amit's personal, musical, and spiritual journey. From his childhood growing up in a small kibbutz in Israel-along with is sister Zemer-and listening to his mother singing the traditional tune Eli Eli, to playing Max Bruch's Kol Nidrei as a young cellist and personally connecting with the Yom Kippur message, Amit explores the ups and downs of life and the desire to balance tradition, identity, and self-expression. Among other works, the program features Mark Kopytman's heart-wrenching Kaddish and Ernest Bloch's beloved three scenes From Jewish Life.Now an American citizen who performs everywhere from the United States-including North Dakota-to Europe to the Middle East and Asia, he is lauded as a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, and is acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today. At 6 foot 5 inches tall, Peled started life as a basketball player. During the 2016/17 season, Mr. Peled will continue sharing with audiences around the world the sound of the historic cello of Pablo Casals. Mrs. Marta Casals Istomin, the widow of Maestro Casals, personally handed him the instrument, a Goffriler ca. 1733. Some of the upcoming highlights with this historic cello include a Bach Suite program at the Ravinia Festival, a new Naxos installment with the Tempest Trio, performances with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Das Junge Orchester, Fairfax Symphony, Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, and the Palm Beach Symphony. In addition to the previous engagements, Amit will make his debut with both the Warsaw Philharmonic and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria. He will also be recording Nadia Boulanger's Three Pieces for Cello and Piano and will also make a return trip to Russia to perform and teach at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Mr. Peled has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and in the world's major concert halls such as: Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, New York; Salle Gaveau, Paris; Wigmore Hall, London; Konzerthaus, Berlin; and Tel Aviv's Mann Auditorium. Following his enthusiastically received Alice Tully Hall concerto debut playing the Hindemith cello concerto, the New York Times stated: "Glowing tone, a seductive timbre and an emotionally pointed approach to phrasing that made you want to hear him again." In the fall of 2016, Amit will release his fifth Centaur Records CD, "Casals Homage" which features the legendary 1915 Pablo Casals program that Amit has been performing around the world since 2014. Amit also released a recording of the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Washington Chamber Orchestra earlier in 2016. These records follow four immensely successful installments, "Collage", "The Jewish Soul," "Collaboration" and "Reflections." Mr. Peled is also a frequent guest artist, performing and giving master classes at prestigious summer music festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, Schleswig Holstein and Euro Arts Festivals in Germany, Gotland Festival in Sweden, Prussia Cove Festival in England, The Violoncello Forum in Spain, and the Mizra International Academy and Festival in Israel. Amit Peled has been featured on television and radio stations throughout the world, including NPR's "Performance Today," WGBH Boston, WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, Deutschland Radio Berlin, Radio France, Swedish National Radio & TV, and Israeli National Radio & TV. One of the most sought after cello pedagogues, Mr. Peled is a Professor at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, one of the youngest cello professors ever to be appointed to a major conservatory in the United States.
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