From the United States to Europe to the Middle East to Asia, Israeli cellist Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today.
Peled has performed as soloist with orchestra and in the world’s major concert halls including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, Konzerthaus in Berlin, and Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium.
Following enthusiastically received debuts with the Columbus Symphony (“Peled is nothing short of a superb player,” The Columbus Dispatch) and the Baltimore Symphony (“I was especially struck by the richness of Peled’s tone and the intensely poetic nature of his phrasing; this was very classy cello playing....” The Baltimore Sun), Mr. Peled’s 2010/11 season will include recital debuts at the Kennedy Center and Symphony Space and a concerto debut at Alice Tully Hall Concerto with Hindemith’s Cello Concerto.
As a recording artist, Peled has just released two critically acclaimed CDs: The Jewish Soul and Cellobration under the Centaur Records Label. Fanfare Magazine stated: “By all evidence, Amit Peled is a superb cellist. His technical prowess in the Davidoff and Ligeti vouchsafe that; and his tone, of pellucid purity, gleams with a glint of gold in the slow, lyrical numbers.”
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 Festival, Euro Arts Festival 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 in the world, Peled is a Professor at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University.
Russian-born pianist Dina Vainshtein has degrees from the Gnesins’ Institute of Music in Moscow, the Cleveland Insitute of Music, and the New England Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers were Boris Berlin, Arthur Aksenov, and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein. Ms.Vainshtein received a Special Prize for Best Collaboration at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1998). She also won prizes at the Schubert and Music of Modernity International Competiton in Austria (1997) and the All-Union Russian Piano Competition (1993).
Ms Vainshtein has performed at such prestigious venues as Alice Tully Hall and Weill Hall in New York City, Jordan Hall in Boston, and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. She has also performed at Ravinia Festival, Caramoor Festival, Sunriver Festival, Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara), Meadowmount, and Heifitz International Music Institute. Ms Vainshtein has appeared as a soloist with I Musici de Montreal (under the direction of Yuli Turovsky) and as a guest artist with the Borromeo String Quartet.
She has given live performances on WGBH (Boston), WFMT (Chicago), and for NPR’s Performance Today series. Her recording for the Naxos label with violinist Frank Huang received critical acclaim.
At present Ms Vainshtein is a collaborative pianist for the Walnut Hill School and the New England Conservatory.