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 the Weiss – Kaplan – Stumpf Trio, 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. Most recently, the Johannes Quartet has collaborated with the Guarneri Quartet on tour in performances 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, the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, the American Youth Symphony, 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 New England Conservatory of Music, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Seoul National University, Temple University, Vanderbilt University, and at the Universities of Delaware, Indiana, and Michigan.