Wendy Warner

wendy imageWendy Warner is one of the world’s leading cellists. The New York Times reported “Warner’s expressive playing a pleasure,” while Strings hailed her “almost frightening technique.”

2010-2011 season highlights include the release with pianist Irina Nuzova, Russian Music for Cello & Piano, and The Beethoven Project – piano trios with pianist George Lepauw and violinist Sang Mee Lee – both from Cedille Records.

Warner is the featured soloist with the Fox Valley, Lake Forest, University of South Carolina, Millikin-Decatur, and Hartford Symphony Orchestras. She performs in the Norton Concert Series in Chicago, The Boston Artists Ensemble, The Schwob Chamber Music faculty concert, and with the Jupiter Players in New York City.
Warner has collaborated with such leading conductors as Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Spivakov, Christoph Eschenbach, Andre Previn, Jesús López-Cobos, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Marin Alsop, Charles Dutoit, Eiji Oue, Neeme Järvi, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Her discography includes Wendy Warner Plays Popper and Piatigorsky; Double Play: Twentieth Century Duos for Violin and Cello with Rachel Barton Pine, (both on Cedille); Hindemith’s Music for Cello & Piano for Bridge Records and Samuel Barber: Orchestral Works, Volume 2 , featuring Barber’s Cello Concerto, with Marin Alsop and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, from Naxos.
Warner’s musical studies began at age six with Nell Novak and she later studied with Rostropovich at the Curtis Institute. She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 14 and her Carnegie Hall in 1991 with Rostropovich conducting.

Warner performs on a Joseph Gagliano cello and a Carl Becker cello with a Francoix Xavier Tourte bow c. 1815 known as the “De Lamare,” on loan from the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

A recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Warner is on the faculty at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia.