Program

Beethoven

Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69 

Debussy

Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor 

Mendelssohn

Cello Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 58

Event Info

With Donna Weng Friedman, pianist, Carter Brey, principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic, offers a free recital after his masterclass (4:00-6:00pm) with Princeton University students. 

Sponsored by the Donna Weng Friedman ’80 Master Class Series.

About the Artist:

Carter Brey was appointed Principal Cello, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Chair, of the New York Philharmonic in 1996. He made his official subscription debut with the Orchestra in May 1997 performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations under the direction of then Music Director Kurt Masur. He has since appeared as soloist almost every season, and was featured during The Bach Variations: A Philharmonic Festival, when he gave two performances of the cycle of all six of Bach’s cello suites. Most recently, he was the soloist in performances of Schumann’s Cello Concerto on the Orchestra’s CALIFORNIA 2016 tour, led by then Music Director Alan Gilbert.

He rose to international attention in 1981 as a prizewinner in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. The winner of the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Prize, Avery Fisher Career Grant, Young Concert Artists’ Michaels Award, and other honors, he also was the first musician to win the Arts Council of America’s Performing Arts Prize.

Mr. Brey has appeared as soloist with virtually all the major orchestras in the United States, and performed under the batons of prominent conductors including Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Sergiu Comissiona, and Christoph von Dohnányi. He is a member of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, established in the 2016–17 season, and has made regular appearances with the Tokyo and Emerson string quartets,The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and at festivals such as Spoleto (both in the United States and Italy) and the Santa Fe and La Jolla Chamber Music festivals. He and pianist Christopher O’Riley recorded Le Grand Tango: Music of Latin America, a disc of compositions from South America and Mexico released on Helicon Records.

Mr. Brey was educated at the Peabody Institute, where he studied with Laurence Lesser and Stephen Kates, and at Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot and was a Wardwell Fellow and a Houpt Scholar. His violoncello is a rare J.B. Guadagnini made in Milan in 1754.

Pianist Donna Weng Friedman '80 enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher and app developer. Ms. Weng Friedman has appeared as recitalist at Caramoor, the Flagler Museum ,  the 92nd St. Y, Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall.   She has collaborated with St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Carter Brey, Ani Kavafian, David Shifrin and Paul Neubauer, and has performed as soloist with the Atlanta, Philadelphia and Shanghai Symphony  Orchestras, to mention a few.  Ms. Weng Friedman has conducted master classes at the conservatories  of Shanghai and Beijing and is on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music, Prep Division.  As the creator of the MusicBee Club interactive classical music apps for children, Ms. Weng Friedman has inspired children throughout NYC’s  private, charter and inner city public schools,  giving special workshops and music presentations for students and teachers alike.  Ms. Weng Friedman is the coordinator of the Donna Weng Friedman '80 Master Class Series at Princeton University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree as a University Scholar. She received a Masters of Music Degree from the Juilliard School, where she was awarded the prestigious Gina Bachauer Award as well as the William Petschek Full Scholarship Award.