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 nine years. Stumpf’s tenure in Los Angeles followed 12 years as associate principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. At 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 performer, he is a member of the Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio and has appeared on the chamber music series at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Boston Celebrity Series, Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Cologne Philharmonie, Concertgebouw, and Casals Hall in Tokyo. He has performed with the chamber music societies of Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, and Philadelphia and at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, as well as the festivals of Marlboro, Santa Fe, Bridgehampton, Ottawa, Portland, Great Lakes, Ojai, and Aspen. He has toured with Music from Marlboro, Casals Hall Ensemble in Japan, and pianist Mitsuko Uchida in performances of the complete Mozart piano trios. He has collaborated with pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Emanuel Az, Jorge Bolet, Yefim Bronfman, Radu Lupu, Wolfgang Sawallisch, András Schiff, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Mitsuko Uchida, and the Emerson and Guarneri string quartets. As a member of the Johannes String Quartet, he 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, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, Aspen Music Festival, and the opening concert of the 2012 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles. As a recitalist, he has performed at the universities of Hartford, Syracuse, and Delaware, Vanderbilt University, Jordan Hall in Boston, and the Phillips and Corcoran Galleries in Washington DC. He has performed the Six Suites for Solo Cello by J.S. Bach on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society Series and the Chamber Music in Historic Sites Series in Los Angeles. His awards include first prize in the Washington International Competition, Graham-Stahl Competition, Aspen Concerto Competition, and second prize in the Evian International String Quartet Competition.
As a former member of Boston Musica Viva, he has explored extended techniques, including microtonal compositions, and performed numerous premieres. As a teacher, he has served on the cello faculty of the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, New England Conservatory, University of Southern California, and guest artist faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music, Yellow Barn Music Festival, and Musicorda Summer String Program. He has conducted master classes at the Curtis Institute, New England Conservatory, Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Manhattan and Mannes schools of music, Seoul National University, Temple University, Vanderbilt University, Penn State University, and at the universities of Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, and Michigan.