Peter Stumpf is a professor of cello at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Prior to his appointment, he was principal cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Mr. Stumpf’s tenure in Los Angeles followed 12 years as associate principal cello 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.
A dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Stumpf is a member of the Johannes String Quartet and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Casals Hall in Tokyo, on the Celebrity Series of Boston, with The Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, and at concert halls in Cologne. He’s performed with the chamber music societies of Boston and Philadelphia, at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, and at the Marlboro Music Festival; the Bridgehampton, Great Lakes, and Santa Fe chamber music festivals; the Aspen and Ojai Music Festivals; Ottawa Chamberfest; and Spoleto Festival USA.
Mr. Stumpf has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and the Casals Hall Ensemble and with pianist Mitsuko Uchida in performances of the complete Mozart Piano Trios. He’s collaborated with pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Emanuel Ax, Jorge Bolet, Yefim Bronfman, Radu Lupu, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir András Schiff, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet and with the Emerson String Quartet and Guarneri Quartet. The Johannes String Quartet has collaborated with the Guarneri Quartet on tour in performances that included commissions from composers William Bolcom and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Concerto appearances for Mr. Stumpf have been with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut String Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, American Youth Symphony, and Aspen Festival Orchestra. As a recitalist, he’s performed at the Universities of Hartford and Delaware, Syracuse University, Jordan Hall in Boston, and The Phillips Collection and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He recently 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.
As a former member of the contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva, Mr. Stumpf has explored extended techniques and given numerous premieres. As a teacher, he’s served on the cello faculty of the University of Southern California, Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, and New England Conservatory and on the guest-artist faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music, Yellow Barn music festival, and Musicorda Summer Strings Program. He’s led master classes at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music, the Universities of Delaware and Michigan, The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Iowa and Pennsylvania State Universities, Seoul National University, and Temple University.
Peter Stumpf received a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and an artist’s diploma from the New England Conservatory. His honors include first prize at the Washington International Competition, Graham-Stahl Competition, and Aspen Concerto Competition and second prize at the Evian International String Quartet Competition.