Dutch cellist with extensive repertoire, first cellist to receive Netherlands Music Prize. Records for Channel Classic and Onyx, among others. Equally at ease on modern and period instruments.
Carolien Sikkenk
‘Cello playing of incomparable technical and musical accomplishment’ (The Sunday Times), ‘deeply communicative and highly individual performances’ (New York Times) and ‘supremely lyrical and furiously intense’ (The Guardian), are just a few of the accolades that Pieter Wispelwey has acquired over the years. This charismatic Dutch cellist is also renowned for being equally at ease playing both Baroque and modern instruments. For Baroque repertory he uses a 1710 Rombouts instrument, and for romantic and modern music a 1760 Guadagnini cello. With his acute stylistic awareness, combined with a truly original interpretation and phenomenal technical mastery, Wispelwey has won the hearts of critics and public alike in repertory from Bach to Schnittke. In 1992 he became the first cellist ever to receive the Netherlands Music Prize, which is awarded to the most promising young musician in the Netherlands. Wispelwey’s discography encompasses more than twenty recordings, his career spans five continents and he has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras.

10th LMMC engagement.


BACH             Suite No. 5 in C minor for solo cello,
(1685-1750)       BWV 1011 (ca. 1720)
                                  Gavotte I - Gavotte II

BRITTEN       Suite No. 3 for solo cello, Opus 87 (1971)

(1913-1976)              Introduzione: Lento
                                  Marcia: Allegro
                                  Canto: Con moto
                                  Barcarola: Lento
                                  Dialogo: Allegretto
                                  Fuga: Andante espressivo
                                  Recitativo: Fantastico
                                  Moto perpetuo: Presto
                                  Passacaglia: Lento solenne
                                  Three Russian Folk Songs
                                       and Requiem Melody

KODÁLY        Sonata for solo cello, Opus 8 (1915)

(1882-1967)              Allegro maestoso ma appassionato
                                  Adagio con grand’ espressione
                                  Allegro molto vivace