BIOGRAPHY

What does the dream classical music career look like? One example is that of cellist Deborah Pae.
— Cleveland Classical

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

Admired for her “focused intensity and extraordinary musicianship" (San Diego Union Tribune), Korean-American cellist DEBORAH PAE is captivating audiences with her “superb tone” and “high level of interpretative intelligence” (Transcentury Blog). With a "sophisticated technique" (San Diego Story) and an uncompromising curiosity in the pursuit of profound expression, Pae’s diverse career as a seasoned soloist, chamber musician, educator, and arts advocate has earned her international recognition.

Pae’s 2018-2019 season highlights include engagements in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hawaii, Boston where she will give the world premiere of a new concerto by Jeffrey Mumford titled 'of radiances blossoming in expanding air' with Phoenix Orchestra; Germany, Canada, and Asia. Committed to education and mentorship, Pae’s academic appearances include performances and masterclasses at Bowling Green State University, the University of Houston, UC Los Angeles, the University of Michigan, and Eastern Michigan University where she serves as Professor of Cello.

Hailed as "exceptionally gifted" (Gramophone Magazine), Pae is an accomplished international soloist. She has appeared with ensembles including Sinfonia Varsovia of Poland, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and presented recitals at notable venues including the Musée du Louvre, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Van Wezel Foundation’s Young Artists Series. Committed to performing new and forgotten works, Pae released her debut recording in 2013 by Zig-Zag Territoires featuring Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor with Christian Arming and the Liège Royal Philharmonique and has since released recordings under New World, TYXarts, Bridge, Fuga Libera, and Outhere Records.

A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Pae is the cellist of the critically acclaimed Formosa Quartet, winners of the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the 2006 International London Quartet Competition, and founding member of Trio Modêtre, winners of the 2016 Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grant and 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In 2019, both ensembles look forward to highly anticipated album releases — From Hungary to Taiwan, which explores the folk traditions of both countries with Bartók's Fourth Quartet and three original Formosa commissions and Trio Modêtre’s debut album Tribute to Frank Bridge: Masterpieces Among Peers. She has been a featured artist at festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Crans-Montana Classics, and the Amsterdam Cello Biennale where she has shared the stage with artists including Itzhak Perlman, Pamela Frank, Charles Neidich, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, Johannes, Pro Arte, Takács, and Cleveland String Quartets.  

Pae serves on faculty at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and Formosa Chamber Music Festival. She has previously served as Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at Académie et École Anglicorde in France, Cello Faculty Emeritus at the Perlman Music Program, Visiting Guest Artist at Columbia University, and Chamber Music Mentor at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. She has also served as artistic manager of Music for Food Boston, a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief, and was founder and curator of the WLP Lunchtime Series, which continues to bring high quality chamber music performances to underserved communities in Boston.

An Associate Artist at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium, Ms. Pae has received major awards from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund, Belgian American Educational Foundation, DoMusica Foundation, and National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Pae is a graduate of the The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory. Her mentors include Gary Hoffman, Joel Krosnick, Laurence Lesser, Itzhak Perlman, and Kim Kashkashian.

 Ms. Pae travels and performs with her trusty companion, a Vincenzo Postiglione cello (c. 1885) from Naples, Italy.

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