Israeli-American cellist, conductor, and pedagogue Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed worldwide as one of the most exciting and virtuosic instrumentalists on the concert stage today. From 2012 through 2018, Peled performed on the Pablo Casals 1733 Goffriller cello. He has been named Music Director for CityMusic Cleveland for the 2019-2020 season.
Highlights of Peled’s 2019-2020 season include over twenty concerto appearances around the world; recitals with pianist Noreen Polera; the world premiere of Joshua Bornfield’s Concerto for Cello and Choir with the Händel Choir of Baltimore; Haydn’s Cello Concerto at the Silver Lyre International Festival of Chamber Music in Saint Petersburg, Russia; the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Fundación de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Chile; a Bach Suites recital in Estonia; his Journey With My Jewishness program in Greensboro, NC and Baltimore, MD; and a Beethoven cycle with pianist Alon Goldstein in Mexico. In addition to his conducting debut with CityMusic Cleveland, Peled’s conducting engagements this season include a debut with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and leading his own Mount Vernon Virtuosi. Peled also performs this season with the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio in Washington, D.C.; Yellow Springs, Ohio; and New York, NY.
In 2017, Peled published a children’s book, A Cello Named Pablo, written by Marni Fogelson and illustrated by Avi Katz. 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. Peled and the Cello Gang record in professional studios and tour regularly around the country, performing concerti, cello choir repertoire, and more in an effort to give the conservatory students more professional experience. 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. Peled is a founding member of the famed Tempest Trio with pianist Alon Goldstein and violinist Ilya Kaler.
Peled’s extensive discography includes critically acclaimed CDs on the Naxos, Centaur, CAP, CTM Classics, and Delos Labels. His recording, To Brahms with Love… From the Cello of Pablo Casals (CAP Records, June 2018), features Brahms’ Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 with pianist Noreen Polera. Peled released a recording of Bach’s iconic Cello Suites Nos. 1-3 on the Casals cello in February 2019, which AllMusic called “an important new statement in the history of these works.” Upcoming album releases include a recording of the Cassado cello sonatas for Naxos and the second installment of the Bach Suites for CTM Classics.
Peled lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and children and performs on the only known copy of the “Servais” Stradivarius by Vuillaume ca. 1865.