Wendy Warner

Wendy Warner

Wendy Warner cellist

One of today leading cellists, Wendy Warner has performed in many of the world's most prestigious concert halls and collaborated with such musical giants as Andre Previn and Michael Tilson Thomas.

  • Hailing from Chicago, Warner comes from a family of professional musicians. She started studying piano at four and the cello aged six.
  • She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra aged 14, playing the Dvořák Cello Concerto. 
  • She continued her studies with the cellist Mtsislav Rostropovich at the Curtis Institute from which she graduated.
  • When Warner won first prize at the Fourth International Rostropovich Competition in Paris in 1990, one jury member told The New York Times, 'she's unbelievable.'
  • Also in 1990, Warner made her Washington debut with the National Symphony Orchestra playing Shostakovich's first Cello Concerto.
  • In 1991, she made her Carnegie Hall debut performing the Schumann Concerto conducted by Rostropovich. They performed together with the Bamberg Symphony for a 1991 European tour, making her debuts in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Köln, Düsseldorf and Berlin.
  • She has since performed on such prestigious stages as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony, London's Barbican with the LSO, and at the Berlin's Philharmonie.
  • She enjoys a strong collaboration with pianist Irina Nuzova.
  • Warner made her debut at the Lincoln Centre's Alice Tully Hall performing unknown works by Beethoven which she recorded for the Beethoven Project. 
Warner's bow is by Francoix Xavier Tourte of Paris, c.1815, on extended loan through the efforts of a patron from the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

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Warner is passionate about Paris, and cooking. She is the guardian of two cats, Antoine and Carina.