Wendy Sutter

Wendy Sutter

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 and diverse soloists of her generation, having performed widely on five continents and acclaimed by critics in all major publications including The New York Times, Strad Magazine, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and the The San Francisco Chronicle.

Sutter has appeared frequently as soloist with such orchestras as The Dallas Symphony, The Seattle Symphony, The Colorado Symphony, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, The Brussels Philharmonic, The Shanghai Symphony, The Shenzhen Symphony, The Royal Residentie

Orchestra of the Hague, The Tucson Symphony, The Northern Netherlands Orchestra, The Juilliard Symphony, The Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, The La Jolla Symphony and has toured as soloist with The Youth Orchestra of the Americas and The Shanghai Symphony throughout China, South America and The United States of America.

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 frequently at numerous festivals in Europe, Canada, Asia, Mexico,

and the United States, including Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Spoleto, Ravinia, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, and has played solo recitals at venues such as The Barbican, Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic and Lincoln Center.

Equally accomplished in the world of contemporary music, Sutter performed for 7 years as the cellist with the the Bang on a Can “all-stars”, a group with has now commissioned over 200 works and collaborates, records and performs countless concerts alongside some of the most significant living composers and musicians of our time including Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Don Byron, Louis Andreissen,  Meredith Monk, Iva Bittova, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang, This ensemble received the Musical America’s ‘ensemble of the year’ award and have been heralded as “the country’s most important vehicle for contemporary music” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Upon Invitation from Tan Dun in 2003, Sutter toured extensively with  the composer/ conductor at the podium, performing all of his solo concerti with various orchestras including the Oscar Academy Award winning score “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” cello concerto, “The Map” cello concerto and “Water Passion”.  Sutter toured these works throughout China, the USA and Asia, and most recently at Kennedy Center as soloist with the Shanghai Symphony.

In the past decade, Sutter has premiered many solo pieces written especially for her by composers such as Philip Glass, John King, Joel Harrison, Martin Matalon and Don Byron.The solo cello suite ‘Songs and Poems’ written for Sutter by Philip Glass (2007) drew praise and acclaim from audiences and critics worldwide and was voted best new CD of the year by listeners of National Public and became the second-best selling download in the classical division on iTunes , 2008. 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 (2007)  and to date this recording has sold over 85,000 downloads. Mr. Glass continued to write many more works for   Sutter, including the double concerto for violin and cello and a sequel “Songs and Poems.”

In 1994, Sutter was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to give the world premiere of “A Suite of Dances”, an on-stage duet for Sutter playing movements from the Bach solo suites, 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 easily 100 times on all continents and frequently as guest artists with the NYC Ballet at Lincoln Center.

Of her many recent performances, Sutter was invited to appear in a solo recital for Bill and Melinda Gates at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

She recently released a disc of chamber music and solo cello works composed by Guggenheim fellowship-award winning composer Joel Harrison. Recently, Sutter performed all three Britten Suites for solo cello in one evening in Seattle and New York City and Dallas and within the same year performed the entire Beethoven cello and piano cycle over two evenings at Bargemusic.

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.

Sutter has recorded for the Naxos, Bridge, Canteloupe Music, Deutsche Grammophon, Orange Mountain and Koch Recording labels.