Heralded as “one of the great leading cellists of the classical stage” by the Wall Street Journal, Wendy Sutter has proven herself as one of the foremost soloists of her generation, widely acclaimed by critics in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Strad magazine and many other publications.
Ms. Sutter has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as The Dallas, Seattle,Shanghai, Colorado and Tucson Symphonies, The Hong Kong and Brussels Philharmonics, The Royal Residentie Orchestra of the Hague, The Northern Netherlands Orchestra, The Juilliard Symphony, The Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, The La Jolla Symphony and has toured and recorded with The Youth Orchestra of the Americas. She has served as soloist under many esteemed conductors, including Jaap Van Zweden, Marin Alsop, Gerard Schwarz, Dante Anziolini, Mikhail Jurowski, Michel Tabachnik and Tan Dun. Sutter appears often at numerous festivals in Europe, Canada, Asia and the United States, including Marlboro, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Lincoln
Center Chamber Music Society, Spoleto, Ravinia, and Evian, and has played solo recitals at venues such as The Barbican, Bargemusic and Lincoln Center. Equally accomplished in the world of contemporary music, Ms. Sutter performed for 7 years as the cellist with The Bang on a Can “allstars”, collaborating and recording alongside Don Byron, Ornette Coleman, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Steve Reich, and Terry Riley.
Ms. Sutter has toured extensively with composer/ conductor Tan Dun at the podium, performing all of his solo cello works including the Oscar Academy Award winning score “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” cello concerto, “The Map” cello concerto and “Water Passion”, throughout China, the USA and Asia, and most recently at Kennedy Center as soloist with the Shanghai Symphony. While a student at Juilliard she won the Juilliard cello competition, which awarded her the New York City premiere of composer David Diamondʼs “Kaddish” for cello and orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, conducted by Gerard Schwarz. Her 2008 recording of Philip Glass’ Songs and Poems for solo cello, which was written especially for her by the composer and has been performed over 60 times worldwide to great acclaim, was voted best new CD of the year by listeners of National Public Radio, and was the second best selling CD in the classical division on iTunes. This CD has now sold nearly 100,000 copies and is still receiving international recognition.
Greg Sandow described her performance in the Wall Street Journal in fulsome terms: “Sutter throws herself into the music with something like ferocity, playing each repetition as an intensification of the one before. Or maybe sheʼs just so intense that everything feels new. And so the music never stands still.” Her San Francisco premiere of this work at the Herbst Theater was voted the best performance of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and to date this CD has sold over 85, 000 copies. Mr. Glass continued to write many more works for Ms. Sutter, including the double concerto for violin and cello and a sequel “Songs and Poems”. In 1994 Ms. Sutter was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to give the world premiere of “A Suite of Dances”, an onstage duet for Ms. Sutter playing Bach solo suites for cello, accompanying Mikhail Baryshnikov. This piece was choreographed especially for these two artists by the legendary Jerome Robbins. Following the world premiere of this piece given at State Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City, Sutter and Baryshnikov performed this piece nearly 100 times in venues throughout the world between 1994 and 1996. Of her many recent performances, Ms. Sutter was invited as soloist to appear at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. performing for Bill and Melinda Gates. She recently released a disc of chamber music composed by Guggenheim fellowship award winning composer Joel Harrison. Ms. Sutter performed all of the Britten Suites for solo cello in one evening in Seattle and New York City, and recently performed the entire Beethoven works for cello and piano at Bargemusic, NYC. Ms. Sutter has recorded for Bridge, Canteloupe, Monde. Naxos, and Orange Mountain Recording Labels.