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Talking About Teaching with cellist Peter Rejto
Wednesday, March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cellist Peter Rejto shares experiences and thoughts on teaching, with plenty of time for questions and discussion in this informal guest presentation.
American and Australian cellist, Peter Rejto, has performed internationally since winning the 1972 international Young Concert Artists, Inc. award (New York). He has concertized as soloist throughout North America, Europe, and South America with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Filarmonica de Caracas, Venezuela, the California Chamber Symphony on tour in Hong Kong, and the Rio de Janeiro Symphony, Brazil. In 1992 he presented the world premiere of Gerard Schurmann’s cello concerto “The Gardens of Exile” with the Bournemouth Symphony, England, broadcast live over the BBC. Rejto has appeared as guest artist with the Tokyo, Bartok, Colorado, American, Orion, St. Petersburg, and Miro Quartets. In July of 2003 he was invited to be a juror for the 4th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in Australia, and the following summer was invited to return as “visiting artist in residence” at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. In 2004 Rejto performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto in Tejon, Korea, performed at Kumho Hall in Soul, and gave solo recitals at Peking University, Beijing, China and in Dalian, China. He performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville, in 2006.
Rejto has recorded for Sony Classics, Silva Classics, London (concerti of Rozsa and Schurmann), recital programs for Summit and Round Top Recordings, and two CDs of piano quartets for BMG Music Masters and an LP for Klavier.
As a founding member of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet in 1976 he subsequently appeared in the world’s great halls including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Wigmore, London, Hamburg’s Musikhalle, Santa Cecelia, Rome, and Alice Tully, New York. Mr. Rejto was regularly presented at numerous music festivals including Aspen, Bravo Colorado, Kneisel Hall, Santa Fe, La Jolla, Sitka, Round Top, Texas, and is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival in Arizona. 2023 will be his 30th year as Artistic Director of the Festival.
Son of the late Hungarian cellist, Gabor Rejto (former Professor at the Eastman School and the University of Southern California) most of his study was with his father. He also participated in master classes with Pablo Casals, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Pierre Fournier.
Professor Rejto has held full time positions at several universities in the USA including Michigan State University, California State University, Northridge, and the University of Arizona, Tucson. Rejto is Professor Emeritus of Cello at the Oberlin College Music Conservatory. In 2004 Rejto gave master classes in Korea, and at the Central Conservatory in Beijing (again in 2016) and at the Sichuan Conservatory, China. Until 2022/23 Rejto taught cello and chamber music at the Sydney Conservatorium High School.
An experienced pilot, Peter Rejto often piloted his plane – a Mooney 201 – to concert and festival appearances. Rejto became an Australian citizen in 2007 and recently relocated from Sydney to Rylstone, NSW, with his wife, noted pianist Bernadette Harvey. They recently constructed a home on a community airpark that also serves as a concert venue. Having already presented several concerts they hope to eventually start a chamber music festival.