Wendy Warner began her musical studies at age six with Nell Novak; Warner later studied with Rostropovich at the Curtis Institute. She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 14 and her Carnegie Hall debut in 1991 with Rostropovich conducting.
Warner’s past North American engagements have included performances with the Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Montreal, and San Francisco Symphonies, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Minnesota and Philadelphia Orchestras. Around the world she has performed with orchestras including the London and Iceland Symphonies, Berlin and Hong Kong Philharmonics, and L’Orchestre de Paris, and on prestigious stages including Carnegie Hall (New York), Symphony Hall (Boston), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Salle Pleyel (Paris), and Philharmonie Hall (Berlin). She has collaborated with such leading conductors as Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Spivakov, Christoph Eschenbach, Andre Previn, Jesús López-Cobos, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Joel Smirnov, Marin Alsop, Charles Dutoit, Eiji Oue, Neeme Järvi and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Warner has performed chamber music with the Vermeer and Fine Arts String Quartets, and Gidon Kremer, and has given recitals at the Music Institute of Chicago, the Phillips Collection (Washington DC), and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston). Festival participation includes the El Paso Pro-Musica and Elżbieta Pendereski’s Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Krakow.
Her discography includes Wendy Warner Plays Popper and Piatigorsky; Double Play: Twentieth Century Duos for Violin and Cello with Rachel Barton Pine; Haydn and Mysliveček Concertos with Camerata Chicago; and a recording of the Rachmaninov and Myaskovsky Sonatas (all on the Cedille label); Hindemith’s Music for Cello & Piano (Bridge Records); and Samuel Barber: Orchestral Works, Volume 2, featuring Barber’s Cello Concerto, with Marin Alsop and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Naxos).
A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Warner is on the faculty of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia where she holds the Leah D. Hamer Distinguished Chair in Cello. Warner performs on a Joseph Gagliano cello and a Carl Becker cello.
Visit her website: www.wendywarnercello.com