Cello Professor Amit Peled began the Every Child Deserves a Voice program through Mount Vernon Virtuosi with the goal to raise funds to purchase 1,000 string instruments to be distributed to schools in the Baltimore and Montgomery County school systems. The program recently received a donation of an 1850 German-made cello from Czechoslovakia from Holocaust survivors Ned Spindel and his late wife, Shulamit Spindel.
Si-Yan Darren Li (MM, AD ’08, Cello) has been named Program Director of String Chamber Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Li will be working with Philip Setzer, who was recently appointed Artistic Director of String Chamber Music.
Bridge Records releases The Tattooed Stranger: Historic Soundtrack Recordings (1946-195) by Alan Shulman (’26, Cello). These soundtrack recordings have been restored and are being issued for the first time.
Amit Peled, professor of cello, was recently interviewed by Stay Thirsty Magazine in which he discusses Shoko, the nickname for his new cello, the difference of performing in difference spaces, and more.
Lavena (MM ’13, Cello) released her debut album “in your hands” on March 26, 2021. The album includes world premiere recordings of works by Bryce Dessner, Gemma Peacocke, and Jessie Montgomery as well as works by Caroline Shaw, Ted Hearne, and Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) and features artists William Herzog and Jeff Stern (MM ’14, Percussion).