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Wendy Sutter

Heralded as “one of the great leading cellist of the classical stage” by the Wall Street Journal, Wendy Sutter has proven herself as one of the leading soloists of her generation, widely acclaimed by critics in the New York Times, the Washington Post, theLos Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications.

Ms. Sutter has appeared and collaborated with many prominent orchestras andconductors including The Brussels Philharmonic, The Seattle Symphony, TheResidentie Orchestra of the Hague, The North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, TheShanghai Symphony, The Juilliard Symphony, The Shenzen Philharmonic, The CabrilloFestival Orchestra, The La Jolla Symphony and The Youth Orchestra of the Americas.She has served under such conductors as Marin Alsop, Gerard Schwarz, DanteAnziolini, Mikhail Jurowski, Michel Tabachnik and Tan Dun.

As a solo recitalist Sutter has performed in in numerous concert halls and music festivals throughout the United States, Europe, The United Kingdom, Asia, SouthAmerica, and Australia, including Marlboro, Aspen, Tanglewood, the Mostly MozartFestival at Lincoln Center, Toronto's Luminato Festival, Spoleto, Ravinia, The SeattleInternational Festival, Evian, and at the Barbican.

Equally accomplished in the worlds of contemporary music, Sutter performed for 6years as the cellist within The Bang on a Can “all-stars” collaborating and recordingalongside Theo Bleckmann, Don Byron, Ornette Coleman, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe,David Lang, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and Terry Riley. Ms. Sutter has also touredextensively with composer/ conductor Tan Dun at the podium performing his works theOscar Academy winning score “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” cello concerto, “The Map” cello concerto and as soloist in Tan's “Water Passion”. She also gave the New York City premiere of composer David Diamond's “Kaddish” for cello and orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.

Her 2008 recording of Glass Songs and Poems for solo cello, which was writtenespecially for her, and has been performed over 60 times world-wide to great acclaim,was voted best new CD of the year by listeners of National Public Radio, and was thesecond-best selling CD in the classical division on iTunes. Greg Sandow described her performance in the Wall Street Journal in fulsome terms: “Sutter throws herself into themusic with something like ferocity, playing each repetition as an intensication of theone before. Or maybe she's just so intense that everything feels new. And so the music never stands still.” Glass has recently completed a sequel, which Sutter will berecording later this year.

In 1994 Ms. Sutter was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to give the world premiere of “A Suite of Dances” an on stage duet for Ms. Sutter playing Bach solo suites for celloaccompanying Mikhail Baryshnikov. This piece was choreographed especially for thesetwo artists by the legendary Jerome Robbins. Sutter continues to perform this work tothis day with such prominent dancers as Damien Woetzel, Nicolai Hubbe and just this last season for the opening of the new Jerome Robbins Theater at The Baryshnikov ArtsCenter with Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Of her many recent performances, Ms. Sutter was invited as soloist to appear at theLibrary of Congress in Washington D.C. performing for Bill and Melinda Gates. She alsorecently released a disc of chamber music composed by Guggenheim fellowship-awardwinning composer Joel Harrison. Sutter plays on the Ex-Vatican Strad a viola da gambabuilt in Cremona in 1620 by the great luthier Nicolo Amati and adapted to a cello by themaster and his most famous student, Antonio Stradivari.
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