'Musical America' includes Peabody cellist on list of top influencers in performing arts industry

Celebrated Peabody Institute cellist Amit Peled has won recognition from Musical America as one of the key influencers of today's performing arts industry.

Amit Peled

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The long-established performing arts resource recently named the Israeli-born Peled to a list titled The 30 Professionals of the Year: The Influencers. "When they speak, we listen," Musical America says of its honorees.

During the 2014-15 season, Peled has performed for audiences worldwide, sharing the sound of the historic 1733 Goffriller cello, an instrument loaned to him by the widow of Spanish cellist Pablo Casals. In Peled's 20-city U.S. tour, Homage to Pablo Casals, he recreated a 1915 recital of the cellist. Peled debuted this recital in February at the Peabody Conservatory, the same place where Casals had performed it exactly a century before.

Born on a kibbutz in Israel, Peled studied in the U.S. with Bernard Greenhouse, best known as a founder of the acclaimed Beaux Arts Trio. Peled joined the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins in 2003 as one of the youngest cello professors in the United States.

Among his numerous recordings, Peled recently released Schumann, a cello concerto performed with the Washington Chamber Orchestra and Jun Kim. He has performed as a soloist with a number of orchestras and in the world's major concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and The Kennedy Center. A full schedule of his concerts is available on his website.

Musical America praised its 30 honorees for "making a difference in the business" through their profession, creativity, or dedication. Musical America Worldwide, which dates back to 1898 as a classical music magazine, is now an online resource for performing arts professionals.