Pieter Wispelwey


Pieter Wispelwey is equally at ease on the modern or period cello. His acute stylistic awareness, combined with a truly original interpretation and a phenomenal technical mastery, has won the hearts of critics and public alike in repertoire ranging from JS Bach to Schnittke, Elliott Carter and works composed for him.


Pieter Wispelwey enjoys chamber music collaborations and regular duo partners include pianists Cédric Tiberghien and Alasdair Beatson and he appears as a guest artist with a number of string quartets including the Australian String Quartet.


Wispelwey’s career spans five continents and he has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Conductor collaborations include a.o. Ivan Fischer, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir Neville Marriner, Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman and Sir Roger Norrington.


With regular recital appearances in the world's most renowned concert halls, Wispelwey has established a reputation as one of the most charismatic recitalists on the circuit.


In 2012 Wispelwey celebrated his 50th birthday by embarking on a project showcasing the Bach Cello Suites. He recorded the complete Suites for the third time, released on the label ‘Evil Penguin Classics’. Pieter Wispelwey’s impressive discography counts over 20 albums.


Born in Haarlem, The Netherlands, Wispelwey’ studied with Dicky Boeke and Anner Bylsma in Amsterdam and later with Paul Katz in the USA and William Pleeth in the UK. Pieter Wispelwey plays on a 1760 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini cello and a 1710 Rombouts baroque cello.



"Wispelwey is a trailblazing virtuoso, opening up exciting repertoire directions and proving that a new guise for familiar repertoire can be entirely idiomatic."
(The Strad)
Concerts with Pieter Wispelwey.
sun 11.03, 15:00
deSingel, Antwerp
tue 13.03, 20:00
Center for Fine Arts, Brussels
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thu 15.03, 20:00
Concertgebouw, Bruges
fri 16.03, 20:00
Muziekcentrum de Bijloke, Ghent
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mon 02.04, 20:00
O.L.V Ter Duinenkerk, Koksijde
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Pieter Wispelwey plays Bach
Pieter Wispelwey plays Bach