2014 Western States Honor Orchestra Festival
Weekend for Strings
Union Colony Civic Center
November 6 - 8, 2014
Peter Stumpf, cello
Cosima Luther, guest conductor
Peter Stumpf is professor of cello at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Prior to his appointment, he was principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 9 years. Stumpf’s tenure in Los Angeles followed 12 years as associate principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. At the age of 16 he began his professional career, winning a position in 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 and at the concert halls of Cologne, at the Concertgebeow in Amsterdam, and at Casals Hall in Tokyo. He has performed with the chamber music societies of Boston, Chicago 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. The Johannes Quartet has collaborated with the Guarneri Quartet on tour 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, at the Aspen Music Festival and most recently at the opening concert of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles. As a recitalist he has performed at the Universities of Hartford, Syracuse, and Delaware, Vanderbilt University, at Jordan Hall in Boston, and at the Philips and Corcoran Galleries in Washington D.C. He has performed the Six Suites for Solo Cello of 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, the Aspen Concerto Competition and 2nd 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 Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, the New England Conservatory, the University of Southern California 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 masterclasses 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, Vanderbilt University, and at the Universities of Delaware, Indiana, and Michigan.
Cosima Luther is an active artist, having recently performed in Germany, Spain, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, England, Scotland, and Wales. Currently, she conducts all three orchestras of Gustavo Dudamel’s Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, where she is also the head violin instructor. In 2008, Luther became the principal conductor of the South Bay Youth Orchestra and Irvine Young Concert Artists Orchestra. That summer, she toured with the Irvine Young Concert Artists Orchestra as their conductor in Seoul, Korea and Beijing, China for the Olympics of 2008. For three summers she was a Fellow for the Conductors Institute at Bard College, directed by Harold Farberman and Leon Botstein. Luther is guest artist faculty for Pepperdine University’s summer music program in Heidelberg, Germany, as a chamber teacher and performing artist since 2006. Born in Denver, she attended Denver School of the Arts before moving to Los Angeles as a violin performance major at Pepperdine University, and then attended the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music for her Master of Music degree. Outside of conducting and teaching, she works as a freelance musician and performs with various ensembles in and around the Los Angeles area. Cosima is the co-founder and co-director (along with her brother and father) of Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, now entering its 16th successful season.