Amit Peled’s Peabody Cello Gang
Here’s one for listeners who love the sound of the cello. A whole gang of them. Amit Peled is an Israeli-born cellist who, at 6’ 5” could have pursued a professional basketball career (he considered it), is now a professor of music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. He’s taking his “gang” of top cello students around the country, giving them the invaluable lessons of live performance and life on the road as a professional musician. Mr. Peled says that sometimes it’s exhausting, both for him as well as them. But the rewards come with those moments on stage, when his young colleagues can collaborate with him by bringing music to life. Another treat for anyone who loves cello history, and the recordings of Pablo Casals: Mr. Peled has been granted, by Casals’ widow, the 1733 Goffriler instrument that Casals himself played. The accompanying conversation, with audio samples, tell the story and give you a sense of what Mr. Peled is accomplishing with his young players.
The Amit Peled Peabody Cello Gang