The countdown is real. The world premiere of Jeffrey Mumford’s new concerto, of radiances blossoming in expanding air…, is taking place on MAY 4, 2019. I sat down with Phoenix in Boston and answered seven questions about this final show of their 18/19 concert season, the concerto, and what I’m looking forward to most when I’m back in the New England area. There are some fun tidbits about food, which should not be a surprise!
News about upcoming projects, concerts, recordings, travels, and fun discoveries from Deborah...
A wonderful interview with Deborah Pae and Mike Telin of Cleveland Classical talking about the many facets of her career and her all solo-cello program featuring works by Bach, Mayuzumi, and Mumford; which took place at the Stocker Arts Center's Signature Series on November 3, 2016.
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It is with great excitement that Marilyn Gilbert Artist Management (MGAM) welcomes cellist Deborah Pae to its roster of wonderful artists. MGAM will represent Ms. Pae in Canada and the United States. Highlights of Ms. Pae's 2016-2017 season include concerts at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum in Boston, the Smithsonian National Museum in D.C., Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Columbus, Rice University's Duncan Recital Hall, and the Signature Series at the Stocker Arts Center. In partnership with Outhere Music Label, Musiq3 Radio, and the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth; the release of her live recital recording on Series Prestige, which includes works by Britten, Schubert, and Beethoven; will also take place this year.
Debuting at sixteen with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Korean-American Pae has since played concertos with Sinfonia Varsovia of Poland, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, and the Westchester Philharmonic under the batons of Vassily Sinaisky, Thomas Wilkins, Christian Arming, Augustin Dumay, and Itzhak Perlman. Ms. Pae has also played solo recitals at the Neue Galerie, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Van Wezel Foundation’s Young Artists Series, and in 2005 debuted in Europe at the Musée du Louvre and has since been invited to perform at Palais des Beaux-Arts, Flagey Radio Hall, and Musée de Grenoble. Many of her performances have been broadcast internationally on television and radio, most notably the 2003 Grammy Awards and the 75th Anniversary of the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth.
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 founder of Trio Modetre (winners of the 2016 Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grant and Silver Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition). She has been a featured artist at festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Crans-Montana Classics, Festival Les Musicales de Colmar, and the Amsterdam Cello Biennale. Ms. Pae 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.
Ms. Pae enjoys performing new and seldom-played works. Her debut recording released in 2013 by Zig-Zag Territoires, features Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor with conductor Christian Arming and the Liège Royal Philharmonique. In 2017, Trio Modetre’s debut recording Tribute to Frank Bridge: Masterpieces Among Peers will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Bridge’s death and revive his second piano trio. Furthermore, the American composer Jeffrey Mumford is currently writing a concerto of radiances blossoming in expanding air, which will be premiered by Ms. Pae in London with the English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) in 2018. Pae has also given world premieres of Fantasia Festa by Jonathan Crehan, Le Dormeur du Val by Roberto Kalb, and Song Recollections by Lei Liang.
Ms. Pae is newly appointed Professor of Cello at Eastern Michigan University. She has served as Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at Académie et École Anglicorde in France, Visiting Guest Artist at Columbia University’s Music Performance Program, and Chamber Music Mentor at the Juilliard 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 benefit concert series, and founder and curator of the WLP Lunchtime Series in Boston (2010-2012).
Beginning at four on a bricolage cello made of a Cheerios box wound with strings, three years later, Ms. Pae became the youngest cellist accepted into the Juilliard Pre-College Division. She is an alum of the Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, and Associated Artist at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium. Her mentors include cellists Gary Hoffman, Laurence Lesser, and Joel Krosnick as well as violinists Miriam Fried and Sylvia Rosenberg, and violist Kim Kashkashian. Recognized for her artistic versatility, 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.
Ms. Pae plays a Vincenzo Postiglione cello (c. 1885) generously on loan from the Arts and Letters Foundation.
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We are committed to developing the careers of dynamic, innovative musicians. The music market is undergoing a massive shift, as audiences are increasingly comprised of new communities with new tastes. In this context, musical innovation and adaptation is not only an aesthetic, but also a necessity. We are proud to represent artists who speak to a multitude of audiences, in a multitude of ways.
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Deborah is embarking on her ninth month of being cellist of the critically acclaimed Formosa Quartet. During this short time, in addition to her tours as a solo artist, she has traveled and performed extensively with the quartet in the States, Canada, and Asia. To learn more about her story -- where her love of the cello began and her many passions / interests -- enjoy watching her Artist Profile.
Special thanks to SALT Arts Documentation for this wonderful short film about Deborah.
Haven't met the rest of the quartet yet? To 'Meet the Formosa Quartet' (and their humorous side showcased by an extraordinary reel of bloopers), please enjoy the short films below!
It seems like March flew by in a flash and now we are already at the end of April! I have been on 8 flights and 7 concerts in the last four weeks, and will be on a plane to Paris this Wednesday. There is so much I want to share with you and will get to in the coming week. But in the meantime, I wanted to share this honor and highlight! The members of the Formosa Quartet have been a joy to perform, travel, and spend time with during the last few weeks. I am thrilled to be part of their global family and to join them in this new chapter of their 14-year history. The official press release is below.
It is with great pleasure that the Formosa Quartet announces its new member, cellist Deborah Pae.
An internationally acclaimed artist, Deborah has built a rich and varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, teacher, and pioneer of new music. Her numerous awards include grants from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund, DoMusica Foundation, and National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, as well as the silver medal in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition with Trio Modetre, the ensemble she co-founded. She has been a featured artist at renowned festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Crans-Montana Classics, and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove. After three years as Artist-in-Residence at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium, Deborah has recently returned to the United States where she continues a full concert season of solo recitals and chamber music appearances in Europe, Asia, and North America. Hailed by Gramophone as "exceptionally gifted" and "breathtaking", Deborah has shared the stage with many of the world's celebrated artists including Itzhak Perlman, Miriam Fried, Pamela Frank, and Kim Kashkashian, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Cleveland Quartets.
The Formosa Quartet is thrilled to welcome both Deborah and her Vincenzo Postiglione (c. 1885) cello, generously on loan from the Arts and Letters Foundation, and looks forward to an exciting musical future in its new formation. Deborah begins playing as a part of Formosa immediately commencing with a 4-day residency at UCSD from April 18-21, 2016, during which Formosa will record Lei Liang's Verge Quartet as well as perform Liang's Song Recollections, a piece based on aboriginal Taiwanese folk songs — whose premiere, presented by Art of Élan in San Diego, was recently given by Formosa with Deborah as cellist. This June Deborah will make her inaugural trip to Taiwan with Formosa to premiere a commission by New-Zealand composer Garreth Farr for harp and string quartet.
Deborah succeeds cellist and founding member Ru-Pei Yeh, who remains in the Formosa Quartet family and whose warmth, humor, and artistry will be much missed by Formosa's audiences. Formosa extends its heartfelt thanks to Ru-Pei and celebrates her artistic contribution with its new CD on the Delos label (released April 6, 2016), featuring Brahms and Gernsheim piano quintets with pianist Reiko Uchida.
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I have been watching a new film series called Living the Classical Life which is wonderfully hosted by pianist and journalist Zsolt Bognár, and I'm a big fan. Episode 27 was released earlier last week and it features one of my favorite people: the multi-talented, award-winning cellist of the Cavani String Quartet, teacher at the Cleveland Institute of Music, director of the Perlman Music Program's Chamber Music Workshop, host of a radio talk show, comedian, and overall an A+ of a human being...(wait for it)...Merry Peckham! Merry has been a longtime mentor and is the one who made me fall in love with Chamber Music (yes, that deserves capitals) when I was a young and curious cellist of 12 attending the utopia of music festivals, the Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island, NY. She opened up a whole new world of music to me and all of my childhood camp mates with her energetic spirit, and revealed how fun, dramatic, intimate, beautiful, hilarious, and expressive playing chamber music could be. This interview captures her perfectly and is a beautifully honest look into her tremendous contribution to the world. Watch it, you will love it.