Heralded as “one of the great leading cellists of the classical stage” by the Wall Street Journal, Wendy Sutter has proven herself as one of the foremost soloists of her generation, widely acclaimed by critics in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Strad magazine and many other publications.
Ms. Sutter has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as The Dallas, Seattle,Shanghai, Colorado and Tucson Symphonies, The Hong Kong and Brussels Philharmonics, The Royal Residentie Orchestra of the Hague, The Northern Netherlands Orchestra, The Juilliard Symphony, The Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, The La Jolla Symphony and has toured and recorded with The Youth Orchestra of the Americas. She has served as soloist under many esteemed conductors, including Jaap Van Zweden, Marin Alsop, Gerard Schwarz, Dante Anziolini, Mikhail Jurowski, Michel Tabachnik and Tan Dun. Sutter appears often at numerous festivals in Europe, Canada, Asia and the United States, including Marlboro, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Lincoln
Center Chamber Music Society, Spoleto, Ravinia, and Evian, and has played solo recitals at venues such as The Barbican, Bargemusic and Lincoln Center. Equally accomplished in the world of contemporary music, Ms. Sutter performed for 7 years as the cellist with The Bang on a Can “allstars”, collaborating and recording alongside Don Byron, Ornette Coleman, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Steve Reich, and Terry Riley.
Ms. Sutter has toured extensively with composer/ conductor Tan Dun at the podium, performing all of his solo cello works including the Oscar Academy Award winning score “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” cello concerto, “The Map” cello concerto and “Water Passion”, throughout China, the USA and Asia, and most recently at Kennedy Center as soloist with the Shanghai Symphony. While a student at Juilliard she won the Juilliard cello competition, which awarded her the New York City premiere of composer David Diamondʼs “Kaddish” for cello and orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, conducted by Gerard Schwarz. Her 2008 recording of Philip Glass’ Songs and Poems for solo cello, which was written especially for her by the composer and has been performed over 60 times worldwide to great acclaim, was voted best new CD of the year by listeners of National Public Radio, and was the secondbest selling CD in the classical division on iTunes. This CD has now sold nearly 100,000 copies and is still receiving international recognition.
Greg Sandow described her performance in the Wall Street Journal in fulsome terms: “Sutter throws herself into the music with something like ferocity, playing each repetition as an intensification of the one before. Or maybe sheʼs just so intense that everything feels new. And so the music never stands still.” Her San Francisco premiere of this work at the Herbst Theater was voted the best performance of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and to date this CD has sold over 85, 000 copies. Mr. Glass continued to write many more works for Ms. Sutter, including the double concerto for violin and cello and a sequel “Songs and Poems”. In 1994 Ms. Sutter was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to give the world premiere of “A Suite of Dances”, an on stage duet for Ms. Sutter playing Bach solo suites for cello, accompanying Mikhail Baryshnikov. This piece was choreographed especially for these two artists by the legendary Jerome Robbins. Following the world premiere of this piece given at State Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City, Sutter and Baryshnikov performed this piece nearly 100 times in venues throughout the world between 1994 and 1996. Of her many recent performances, Ms. Sutter was invited as soloist to appear at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. performing for Bill and Melinda Gates. She recently released a disc of chamber music composed by Guggenheim fellowshipaward winning composer Joel Harrison. Ms. Sutter performed all of the Britten Suites for solo cello in one evening in Seattle and New York City, and recently performed the entire Beethoven works for cello and piano at Bargemusic, NYC. Ms. Sutter has recorded for Bridge, Canteloupe, Monde. Naxos, and Orange Mountain Recording Labels.
New York Times has described her playing as “an exquisite performance” and BBC magazine called Olga “superlative”. Olga Vinokur is an acclaimed pianist and a dynamic performer on the classical and contemporary music scene who is gaining recognition for “the strength and consistency of her artistry” as noted by NYTimes. She has appeared in the US and internationally as recitalist, with orchestra and chamber musician in major venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Town Hall in New York, Shangai Oriental Art Center in Shangai, Rudolfinum’s Dvorak Hall and Municipal House’s Smetana Hall in Prague, King’s Place in London, among many others. Ms. Vinokur was a featured artist in the London Chamber Music Society, EuroArts Festival in Prague, Prague Chamber Music Society, Young Artist Festival in Russia, Woodstock Mozart Festival in USA, Israeli “Music in Galilee” Radio
Music Festivals include Rolfs Piano Festival in USA, International Piano Festivals in Paris and Canary Islands of Spain among many others. Ms. Vinokur participated in Tel-Hai International Piano Master-classes in Israel where she was awarded a prize in honor of Ada Caspi. She is a frequent performer at Bargemusic in New York where she played solo recitals and chamber concerts,
which included the world premiers. Ms. Vinokur is presented in the film documentary “Women of Music”, a classical music series on Bravo TV station in Canada, which features interviews and performances with today’s top classical performers from around the world. She has been heard on WNYC’s “Soundcheck” in New York, BBC in London, the Israeli “Voice of Music” radio station, Czech National Radio, Dutch radio, National radio of France and Switzerland, Russian National Public Radio among others. She has been a recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Recently she has appeared as a soloist with Lambeth Symphony of London, Prague Philharmonic and Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra of Czech Republic, Salome Chamber Orchestra, La Primavera Chamber Orchestra of Russia and others. Ms Vinokur has toured in China as a soloist with Manhattan Symphonee Orchestra where she performed in major concert halls of 11 different cities. American Record Guide described her solo CD as “comparisons with many of top pianists of the past 75 years. She stands up very well and also manages to say something new along the way...” New York Times has described her playing as “an exquisite performance” and BBC magazine called Olga “superlative.”
An avid chamber musician, she has performed with distinguished St. Petersburg, Martinu, Nightingale, Primo quartets among others. Dedicated to new projects, Olga Vinokur is committed to performing the music of today. Known for adventurous and imaginative programming, she has premiered solo and chamber works collaborating with both established and emerging composers. “She knows just how to handle composers who surf the line between a Romantic sensibility and a modern sound” wrote New York Times. Recently Olga has recorded Taneyev Quintets CD with distinguished Martinu quartet on Supraphone Record, which was highly acclaimed.
A native of Russia, Olga Vinokur began her piano studies at the age of six, and at twelve was awarded First Prize in the National Young Artist Piano Competition in Russia. Since then she has been a recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including First-Prize in the Prokofiev Piano Competition in Russia and major prizes in the Torrefranka International Piano Competition in Italy, the Koussevitzky Piano Competition and Artist International in New York, and the Rubin Academy Competition in Israel among others. She has been an annual scholarship recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Olga Vinokur began her studies in Russia. Moving to Israel, she received her
Bachelor’s Degree and Artist’s Diploma with honors from the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv University where she studied with Victor Derevianko and Natasha Tadson. She pursued her Master and Doctor of Musical Art Degrees at the Manhattan School of Music in New York where she studied with Salomon Mikowsky. Olga Vinokur resides in New York.