David Pereira’s Cello-focused 2012 Chamber Concerts

Concert 1

Friday 26th October 8pm in the Octagon ArtSpace

David Pereira with Geoffrey Lancaster

The Bach Family: David Pereira Cello with Geoffrey Lancaster Harpsichord

Playing Duets from Members of the Bach Family – 

Geoffrey Lancaster (harpsichord), David Pereira (cello), Virginia Taylor (flute), Tobias Chisnall (violin), Estelita Rae (violin), Rosy Davidson (viola), Julia Janiszewski (cello).

CPE Bach - Sonata in C foir cello and continuo
Francis Francoeur le Cadet - Trio Sonata in E major for violin, cello and continuo
JS Bach-Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

Concert 1

Friday August 10 at 8pm in the Octagon ArtSpace

David Pereira with Michael Haber

Cello duets by Gabrielli, Barriere, J.S. Bach, Boismortier, Giardini and Boccherini.

Plus The Cello Tragics cello choir with David and three young student/professionals playing a cello quartet finale including Elena Kats-Chernin’s ‘Phoenix Story’ and Rags by Scott Joplin.

Bookings are on a reserved seating basis and strictly limited to 80.
Tickets are $49 at the Gallery, on 6238 1682 or buy them online 


Cellist Michael Haber was born in Chicago and grew up in Morocco and Switzerland. His early musical training suffered as a result, but not his life experience. Returning to the USA for college, he was a student of Janos Starker and Gregor Piatigorsky and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University with high academic honours and a degree in European History and went directly to Harvard for graduate school.

Mr. Haber’s grandparents were famous musicians in Russia before World War I.  Tchaikovsky heard his grandmother, pianist Vera Maurina (born in 1876) perform when she was a student at The Moscow Conservatory and was impressed. Violinist Michael Press (born in 1872) was a famous violinist in Russia and on the faculty of the Imperial Conservatory in Moscow, immigrated to America and was on the star-studded faculty of The Curtis Institute of Music, the most famous conservatory in the USA, when it opened in Philadelphia in 1924.  He taught violin, was a guest conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony and shared conducting of the Curtis Orchestra with Leopold Stokowski.

Not surprisingly with such a background, Michael Haber dropped out of Harvard Graduate School after a semester, vowing to try to make a life as a musician for himself too. Music was his deepest love and passion but, at the time, he was an amateur cellist of rather modest abilities. Four years later in 1968 while in the United States Army Band, he flew to Cleveland in an army uniform for his first ever orchestra audition. George Szell apparently liked what he heard and Michael joined the orchestra’s cello section in September 1969.

After leaving The Cleveland Orchestra, Michael has had a long and distinguished career. He played in The Casals Festival Orchestra under Pablo Casals, The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with which he made tours and recordings worldwide.

He was principal cellist of several orchestras, including the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra With the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, he toured and recorded throughout Europe, the USA and Asia. and played in two professional string quartets: as cellist of The Composers Quartet in residence at Columbia University  he recorded and toured major festivals in Europe and the USA.

Michael has been on the cello and chamber music faculties of Oberlin College, The New England Conservatory, Indiana University, The Eastman School of Music, Boston University and The University of Akron.

For ten years, he was the coach for the cello section of The New World Symphony in Miami Beach and also coached the cello section of the Asian Youth Orchestra before their European tour. He has taught and performed at some of the best-known summer festivals, including Marlboro, Yellow Barn, Musicorda and Aspen. He was cellist of The Gabrielli Trio for 20 years, together with violinist James Buswell, with numerous appearances at music festivals and concert series throughout the USA.

Among the comments for Mr. Haber’s performances, the New York Times spoke of  “the lyricism and perfection of his playing “, the London Times called him “ a romantic cellist “ and The Cleveland Plain Dealer called him “ a superb musician.”

Friday 15 June 2012