July 26th, 2019
Of his appointment, Peled says, “I am deeply honored and excited to be named the next music director of CityMusic. Ever since my first encounter with the orchestra this past spring, I have felt that I found a musical home, a place where making music at the highest level meets the desire to share the art form with as many people as possible and ensuring that it is available to audiences free of charge. I look forward to continuing this special tradition and to enhance it even further. I can’t wait to meet as many people as possible from the community and of course to dive into the symphonic repertoire with my fellow musicians in the orchestra. Lastly, as a huge NBA fan, I’m excited to check out the Cavaliers games in between rehearsals and concerts!”
In 2017, Peled published a children’s book, A Cello Named Pablo, written by Marni Fogelson and illustrated by Avi Katz. Funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, it follows Peled’s journey from the basketball courts of rural Israel to the world’s great concert halls playing one of the most famous instruments of all time and continuing the legacy of Pablo Casals.
The Amit Peled Cello Gang is composed of students from Peled’s studio at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where he has taught since 2003 and was one of the youngest professors ever hired by a major conservatory. The students in the Amit Peled Cello Gang range in age from undergraduate freshmen to second year master’s students, and the group comes together often to perform works written or arranged for cello ensemble. Peled and the Cello Gang also record in professional studios and tour regularly around the country, performing cello concerti, cello choir repertoire, and more in an effort to give the conservatory students practical experience as professional touring artists. Peled is also the founder, conductor, and artistic director of the Mount Vernon Virtuosi, a chamber orchestra dedicated to launching the careers of recently graduated music students, which this year performs a five-program season in Silver Spring and Rockville, Maryland.
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Cleveland Jewish News, July 31 2019 CityMusic Cleveland, the chamber orchestra that performs for free in churches and other nontraditional concert locations, has turned to Israel again for its next music director, tapping Amit Peled, who was raised on a kibbutz, to replace outgoing director Avner Dorman. Peled, who will remain in his full-time […]
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