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Cellist Peter Stumpf appointed to the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music faculty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced today (June 15) the appointment of cellist Peter Stumpf to its full-time faculty, following two years as an adjunct faculty member.

Stumpf, who is presently principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic -- a position he has held since the 2002-2003 concert season -- will join the Jacobs School as professor of cello in the fall.

Stumpf's first performance at the Jacobs School of Music following his appointment to the faculty will be a solo recital with pianist Chih-Yi Chen on Wednesday, June 29, at 8 p.m., in Auer Hall. The concert takes place within the 2011 Indiana University Summer Festival of the Arts.

"During the past two years, it has been my pleasure to teach at Indiana University as a guest professor," Stumpf said. "I am honored and privileged to be joining the full-time faculty this coming fall and look forward to devoting myself to the musical education and development of the students."

Stumpf's tenure with the Los Angeles Philharmonic followed 12 years as associate principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. His professional orchestral career began at the age of 16 when he joined the cello section of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He received a bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and an Artist's Diploma from the New England Conservatory.

A dedicated chamber music musician, he is a member of the Johannes String Quartet and has appeared on the chamber music series at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, the Boston Celebrity Series, the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Casals Hall in Tokyo and at the concert halls of Cologne. He has performed with the chamber music societies of Boston and Philadelphia and at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico as well as the Festivals of Marlboro, Santa Fe, Bridgehampton, Ottawa, Great Lakes, Ojai, Spoleto and Aspen. He has toured with Music from Marlboro, the Casals Hall Ensemble in Japan and with pianist Mitsuko Uchida in performances of the complete Mozart Piano Trios. He has collaborated with pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Emmanuel Ax, Jorge Bolet, Yefim Bronfman, Radu Lupu, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Andras Schiff, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Mitsuko Uchida and with the Emerson and Guarneri String Quartets. Most recently, the Johannes Quartet has collaborated with the Guarneri Quartet on tour in performances including commissions from composers William Bolcom and Esa Pekka Salonen.

Concerto appearances have been with the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony, the Vermont Symphony, the Connecticut String Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, the American Youth Symphony and at the Aspen Music Festival. As a recitalist, he has performed at the Universities of Hartford, Syracuse and Delaware, at Jordan Hall in Boston and at the Philips and Corcoran Galleries in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he performed the Six Suites for Solo Cello by J. S. Bach on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society Series and on the Chamber Music in Historic Sites Series in Los Angeles. His awards include first prize in the Washington International Competition, the Graham-Stahl Competition and the Aspen Concerto Competition and second prize in the Evian International String Quartet Competition.

As a former member of the Boston Musica Viva, he has explored extended techniques, including microtonal compositions and numerous premieres. As a teacher, he has served on the cello faculty of the University of Southern California, Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, the New England Conservatory and guest artist faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music as well as at the Yellow Barn Music Festival and the Musicorda Summer String Program. He has conducted master classes at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music, Iowa and Pennsylvania State Universities, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Seoul National University, Temple University and at the Universities of Delaware and Michigan.