Cellist Amber Docters van Leeuwen performs at WMP Concert Hall in NYC

 

Amber Docters van Leeuwen, Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Friday, October 26, 2012 at 7:30PM
WMP Concert Hall – New York, NY
Free Admission!

Cellist Amber Docters Van Leeuwen will be joined by Pianist Taisiya Pushkar in a program that will be presented at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam later this year. On the program compositions by Claude Debussy – Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor (1915), Alfred Schnittke – Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 (1978), Kaija Saariaho – Sept papillons for Cello Solo, Johannes Brahms – Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Major, Op.99

New York based Dutch cellist Amber Docters van Leeuwen captivates audiences with her warm, lush sound. Her daring concert programs ambitiously balance modern music by established composers such as Berio, Schnittke and Carter, new work written by her contemporaries like Eef van Breen and older reportoire that varies from the “standards” to pieces that are rarely performed such as Ibert’s Ghirlarzana or Myaskovsky’s cello sonata no.1.  Always looking for new ways of expression Amber can often be found alongside musicians who cross genres like the singer Gabriel Rios, pianist Jef Neve or the incredible Bobby McFerrin, with whom she performed indian music at the World Science Festival in 2009 in New York. Graduated with honours from the Royal Concervatory of The Hague where she studied with Dmitri Ferschtman, Amber moved to New York, with the help of the Fulbright Foundation, to continue her studies under Colin Carr at the Stony Brook University and with David Geber at the Manhattan School of Music  from where she graduated with a Masters degree, the Pablo Casals Award and Van Lier Award. Amber is the first prize winner of the 2008 Cello Bienale in Amsterdam, receipient of the Samuel Mayes Memorial Cello Award from the Tanglewood Music Center and has given recitals all over the world, from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Fukushima Hall in Tokio, Amber leaves audiences wanting more, or as the Volkskrant wrote: “…the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ shook from all the ovations”

 

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