Amit Peled is a Grammy-nominated cellist, conductor, and pedagogue. AmitPeled enjoys a busy and dynamic career performing for audiences across the globe. The Baltimore Sun recently proclaimed, “Peled’s amiable and inviting personality is exactly the type everyone says we'll need more of if classical music is to survive!” Founder and Artistic Director of the Mount Vernon Virtuosi, Mr. Peled combines a growing conducting schedule, while continuing a thriving solo career performing on the historic 1733 Gofriller Pablo Casals cello personally handed to him by Marta Casals Istomin, and his professorship at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. In his continued quest to make classical music more accessible, Mr. Peled recently published a children’s book A Cello Named Pablo and released a new cello technique method book The First Hour. Mr. Peled has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and in the world’s major concert halls such as: Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, New York; Salle Gaveau, Paris; Wigmore Hall, London; Konzerthaus, Berlin; and Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium. Mr. Peled’s extensive discography includes critically acclaimed CDs on the Naxos, Centaur, and Delos Labels. His recent release of “Casals Homage” which features the legendary 1915 Pablo Casals program was a best - selling feature on the online iTunes Store! In 2017, he recorded the unknown music of Nadia Boulanger, which has awarded him a Grammy nomination! As an active chamber musician, Peled is also a founding member of the famed Tempest Trio with pianist, Alon Goldstein and violinist, IlyaKaler. Amithas also been featured on television and radio stations throughout the world, including NPR’s “Performance Today,” WGBH Boston, WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, Deutschland Radio Berlin, Radio France, Swedish National Radio & TV, and Israeli National Radio & TV.
The Peabody Cello Gang Amit Peled reflects: "Many years ago as a young student I was fortunate to experience the magic of creating music on stage together with my great mentors Bernard Greenhouse and Boris Pergamenschikow. Besides our regular one on one lessons we actually performed together...The difference between listening to them explaining how to create a phrase and literally making one with them on stage was huge and significant. Ever since those magical moments I was fortunate to share with my musical heroes, I always knew that when I will be a teacher the feeling of passing on the tradition will be complete only when I will be able to share music with my own students on stage. This day has arrived when our Cello Gang was created."
The Peabody Peled Cello Gang is composed of students from AmitPeled's studio from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. The students range in school year from undergraduate freshmen to second year master's students. The group comes together to perform works that have been written or arranged for cello ensemble and can also be seen performing concerti with their major professor. This unique ensemble has performed recently for the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, The Society of Four Arts in Palm Beach, with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, as a resident ensemble in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and all across Maryland, the gang’s home state