Classic FM makes Wendy Warner artist of the week

cedille-records-cameratachicago-wendywarner-cdcover-250We are delighted that Classic FM in the UK has made Wendy Warner their Artist of the Week. They will be playing our Haydn / Myslivecek CD every day this week each afternoon (GMT 6 hours ahead of Chicago).

Classic FM tweeted today (March 3, 2014):

@ClassicFM: @jamie_crick here and my new artist of the week is the amazing @wendy_warner all this week today with @cameratachicago and Haydn now



Camerata Chicago Recording ICMA Nomination

Our new Cedille Records CD of Haydn and Mysliveček cello concertos with Wendy Warner has been nominated for an International Classical Music Award. The CD, recorded at the end of 2012 and released in August 2013, was conducted by Drostan Hall and has received amazing reviews from top classical music reviewers. The radio station Classic FM in the UK plays the CD regularly.

Nominations are listed on Naxos’ site. Naxos says:

“The “International Classical Music Awards” were first awarded in 2011, replacing the “Cannes Classical Awards” that were previously awarded each at MIDEM. By 2014, the legendary 70 Products from the sale of NAXOS were nominated for the coveted award!

The jury consists of music critics of the magazines “Andante”, “Crescendo”, “Fono Forum”, “Gramophone”, “Kultura”, “Musica” , “Musik & Theater”, “opera”, “Pizzicato”, “Rondo Classic” and “Scherzo” from the radio stations “MDR-Figaro” (Germany), “Orpheus Radio” (Russia), “Radio 100.7” (Luxembourg), the “International Music and Media Centre” in Vienna (IMZ), the site “” (France) and the Internet radio “Classic Radio” (Finland).”

You can purchase the Camerata Chicago Wendy Warner CD at the Cedille Records website or you can call (773) 989-2515.

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Cedille Recording Reviews

Cedille Records Camerata Chicago Wendy Warner CD

This is just the kind of endeavor that makes Cedille so special … the sound quality, artistic merit, and musical intelligence of this release instantly vault it to the top of its class. …

Wendy Warner … plays with an incredible amount of richness and warmth … the result is pretty magical.

She’s aided in a big way by the Camerata Chicago under Drostan Hall. They play beautifully, accurately, and without any of the thin or ugly sounds we so often hear from small ensembles today.

… there isn’t a moment on this disc where you don’t find yourself caught up in [Warner’s] artistry and musical excitement.

Entirely worth seeking out and enjoying forever; this may very well set the new standard for excellence in these pieces.

Brian Wigman See full article

Artistic Quality: 10 Sound Quality: 10 … in view of the grand heap of Haydn cello concerto recordings, Warner’s playing places this one at the very top. … Praise for the orchestra and its conductor Drostan Hall must not go without mention—they are outstanding collaborators whose appropriately styled, energetic playing and remarkably tight ensemble complement every note and expressive utterance from Warner’s Guarneri cello. Don’t miss this. David Vernier See full article


Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist

The [Mysliveček] C major concerto is wonderful – as is the playing of Wendy Warner and the Camerata Chicago. Rick Anderson See full article


My Classical Notes

Wendy Warner and Maestro Hall give us a fine Haydn interpretation throughout … always brilliant and expressive. Hank Zauderer See full article


MusicWeb International

There’s an elegance and sheer class which makes it good, and then there’s Wendy Warner to make it really good. … the support from the orchestra is perfectly good. Brian Reinhart See full article


Classical Candor

Ms. Warner and Maestro Hall keep things humming along in proper Haydn-like fashion … Ms. Warner ensures that the Second Cello Concerto is always brilliant and expressive with her passion and precision. Equally passionate and precise is the Chicago Camerata, who provide admirably sympathetic support. John Puccio See full article

4 Stars … Warner and conductor Drostan Hall carry it off well, with careful balances. James Manheim See full article


Off Topic’d

An appealing program played by a masterful virtuoso. Drostan Hall and the Camerata Chicago perform with precision and sensitivity admirably suited to Haydn. Wendy Warner … brings a fresh interpretation to some well-known works. Ralph Graves See full article


Positive Feedback Online

Wendy Warner … plays the most exciting and expressive Haydn I’ve ever heard. The music leaps eloquently from her cello and the crisp and clear Camerata Chicago are with her all the way. Bob Neill See full article



Magnifique. Chicago cellist Wendy Warner and chamber orchestra Camerata Chicago offers a world-class, beautiful CD. … Everything is high quality on this disc: the interpretation of record. A must for lovers of chamber music, this CD is very accessible for those who are less familiar with classical music. Eric Aussant See full article


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This recording was made possible by a grant from the Buonacorsi Foundation.

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Cedille Recording Released

Released August 2013

Our new CD of Haydn and Mysliveček cello concertos with Wendy Warner has been released by Cedille Records. An entire radio show, Cedille Chicago Presents, was devoted to the CD on WFMT 98.7, on August 28, 2013. Listen to the show:

Cedille Records Camerata Chicago Wendy Warner CD

“Wendy Warner, one of the last students of the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich (at The Curtis Institute of Music), is emerging as one of the most appealing cellists of her generation. She plays with open-throated tone, elegant phrasing, and nimble fast passagework ” – Fanfare

Wendy Warner joins Camerata Chicago in performing the two celebrated Haydn cello concertos plus the lovely, rarely heard Concerto in C by Haydn’s Bohemian contemporary Josef Mysliveček

You can purchase the Camerata Chicago Wendy Warner CD at the Cedille Records website or you can call (773) 989-2515.

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Cedille Recording to be Released

Cedille Records, Chicago’s classical music label, is to release a compact disc of Camerata Chicago performing with renowned cellist Wendy Warner in the summer of 2013. This major new release features Wendy Warner playing two Haydn cello concerti, the C major and D major, as well as the cello concerto in C by Mysliveček, who was a contemporary of Haydn.

“Wendy Warner, one of the last students of the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich (at The Curtis Institute of Music), is emerging as one of the most appealing cellists of her generation. She plays with open-throated tone, elegant phrasing, and nimble fast passagework ” – Fanfare

To be notified when the disc becomes available please email Cedille Records or call (773) 989-2515. You can also visit their website for updates:

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Wendy Warner

Wendy Warner, cello

Wendy Warner has become one of the world’s leading cellists. In May, 2010, The New York Times reported “Warner’s expressive playing and glowing tone were everywhere a pleasure.” The Chicago Tribune wrote, “If there was a truly prodigious performance during the evening, this was it,” while Strings has hailed her “youthful, surging playing, natural stage presence and almost frightening technique.” As jury member Frans Helmerson told The New York Times when Warner won first-prize at the Fourth International Rostropovich Competition in Paris in 1990, “she’s unbelievable.”

Audiences have watched Warner perform on prestigious stages including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Paris’ Salle Pleyel, and Berlin’s Philharmonie. She has collaborated with such leading conductors as Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Spivakov, Christoph Eschenbach, Andre Previn, Jesús López-Cobos, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Marin Alsop, Charles Dutoit, Eiji Oue, Neeme Järvi, Drostan Hall and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Wendy-1webHer 2010-2011 season began with the August 31 release of her first duo recording with pianist Irina Nuzova. Titled Russian Music for Cello & Piano, the Cedille Records collection of romantic works features Sergei Rachmaninov’s Sonata in G minor, and thefirst time the rarely-performed Sonata in A minor by Nikolai Miaskovsky has been recorded by an American on American soil. Also included are works by Sergei Prokofiev, Alfred Schnittke, and Alexander Scriabin.

This season, Warner is the featured soloist for concerto engagements with the Fox Valley, Lake Forest, University of South Carolina, Millikin-Decatur, and Hartford Symphony Orchestras. Warner, Rachel Barton Pine, Soojin Ahn, and Michael Larco will take part in a chamber music concert presented by the Norton Concert Series in Chicago. She will also play with the Boston Artists Ensemble, The Schwob Chamber Music faculty concert, and the Jupiter Players in New York City.

Recently Warner made her debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall performing unknownworks by Beethoven. which she has also recorded. Warner’s past North American engagements have included performances with the Chicago, Boston, Dallas, North Carolina, Jacksonville, Montreal, New Mexico, Omaha, Nashville, and San Francisco Symphonies, and the Minnesota and Philadelphia Orchestras. Around the world she has performed with the London Symphony (Barbican Center), Berlin Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Iceland Symphony, L’Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, and L’Orchestre de Paris, with which she performed the Brahms Double Concerto with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, Semyon Bychkov conducting. Warner has played with the European Soloists of Luxembourg at Frankfurt’s Alter Oper, and the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine. She has toured Japan as a soloist with NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Japan Philharmonic.


Wendy has enjoyed a particularly close collaboration with Camerata Chicago, making her debut with the orchestra in November of 2010 and subsequently recording Haydn and Myslivecek cello concerti with them on the Cedille Label. The album will travel with Wendy and Camerata Chicago on a tour of six concerts to Europe this June when she will perform Haydn’s cello concerto in D major.

Cedille Records Camerata Chicago Wendy Warner CD

The child of professional musicians and the granddaughter of composer Philip Warner whose symphony premiered with the NBC Symphony, Leopold Stokowski conducting, Warner began studying piano at the age of four and began studying the cello at age six,under the tutelage of Nell Novak. At age 14 she made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra broadcast on WTTW-TV. She continued her studies with Rostropovich at the Curtis Institute from which she graduated. Her career took an auspicious turn in 1990 when she made her Washington D.C. debut with the National Symphony playing Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto. In 1991, she made her Carnegie Hall debut performing the Schumann Concerto conducted by Rostropovich. She wasre-engaged to appear with the NSO on a North American tour in 1991. Under Rostropovich’s baton, she performed with the Bamberg Symphony for a 1991 European tour, making her debuts in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Köln, Düsseldorf and Berlin. “He made the Prokofiev Symphonia Concertante and Shostakovich No. 1 fit like a glove. He challenged me to new heights and made me feel that I had no limitations,” recalls Warner.


Warner’s discography includes Plays Popper and Piatigorsky; Double Play: Twentieth Century Duos for Violin and Cello with Rachel Barton Pine, (all on the Cedille label); Hindemith’s Music for Cello & Piano for Bridge Records and the critically acclaimed Samuel Barber: Orchestral Works, Volume 2 , featuring Barber’s Cello Concerto, with Marin Alsop and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, released by Naxos. The summer of 2013 will see the much anticipated release of Haydn and Myslivecek celli concerti on the Cedille Label with Camerata Chicago conducted by Drostan Hall.

Warner performs on a Joseph Gagliano cello and a Carl Becker cello. Her bow is by Francoix Xavier Tourte of Paris, c. 1815, the “De Lamare,” on extended loan through the generous efforts of a patron from the Stradivari Society of Chicago.


A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Warner is on the faculty at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia. Passionate about cooking and Paris, Warner is the guardian of two cats, Antoine and Carina.

Ms. Warner is represented by Diane Saldick, L.L.C.