Cellist Peter Kibbe, son of Los Angeles, was born into a family of classical musicians and composers, and has studied with some of the finest teachers on both coasts of the US. Having worked as an orchestral, chamber, solo, freelance, teaching, recording, improvisatory and contemporary musician, Peter is comfortable with many playing styles and in varied, eclectic performance settings. Mr. Kibbe obtained a degree from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Alan Stepansky, former principal of the New York Philharmonic, and has had the privilege of working with many of today’s most respected performers and conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, Grant Gershon, Stevie Wonder and John Legend, to name a few. He has performed with numerous orchestras for capacity audiences across the United States and parts of Europe, including acclaimed concerts at Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Mr. Kibbe is currently a member of several ensembles in Baltimore, including The Lunar Ensemble, dedicated to new and cutting edge works, and specializing in Arnold Schoenberg’s masterwork “Pierrot Lunaire.” Recently Peter was hand selected to perform a complex contemporary cello concerto by composer Daniel Thomas Davis as soloist with the Peabody Camerata, and is always expanding his repertoire of 21st-century works. Peter plays on a 2004 Cremonese instrument made by Roberto Collini, and has two very handsome cats.
Born and raised in San Marino California, Toby began studying cello at age 5, and gave his first solo début at age 13. He has performed at various different musical venues as a soloist, a chamber musician, and as a member of numerous string ensembles. In high school, Mr. Morris began his exploration of chamber music with the creation of the S.M. String Quartet, which won first place awards in the Callie McGrath Chamber Music Competition in both 2005 and 2007. While living in Los Angeles, Mr. Morris studied with a variety of teachers, but spent most of his preparation studying cello performance with Roger Lebow of the Los Angeles Opera, Pomona Colleges, and Chapman University. In the summer of 2007, Toby attended the ENCORE School for Strings, studying with renowned Israeli cellist Zvi Plesser. He has worked with and studied with a variety of other great cellists and pedagogues including: Nathaniel Rosen, Sharon Robinson, David Krieger, Uri Vardi, and Jeffrey Solow. After graduating from High School, Mr. Morris studied with Raphael Wallfisch and Pablo Mahave-Veglia at the International Music Festival in Pilsen. In 2012 Toby completed his Bachelor’s degree at the Peabody Institute in cello performance under the tutelage of Mr. Alan Stepansky. Throughout the years, both in Los Angeles and Baltimore, Toby has taught a variety of students, and sees teaching as an integral part of his passions as a musician. Toby is currently working on his Master’s degrees in Performance and Pedagogy, while simultaneously studying towards an education certification. Toby is proud to play a Michael Fischer Mantagnana replica cello, made in Los Angeles in 1995.
Native born South African cellist Jacques-Pierre Malan received hislatestcello educationfrom the aspiring Israeli cellist Amit Peled including two full scholarships for a Graduate Performance Diplomain Solo and Chamber Music, and a Master of Music Degreein Pedagogical and Performing artsat the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University.
Malan performs regularly as soloist and chamber musician across the United States and South Africa. Recent venues include Washington DC at the Kennedy Centre, Phillips Collection, National Press Club, New York at the Carnegie Weil recital Hall, Chautauqua theatre,Baltimore at the Yale Gordon Center of the Performing Arts, and Bloemfontein at the Odeion Hall. Malan had also performed as soloist with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra,Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestrain South Africaas well as Peabody Conductors Orchestraperforming the cello concertos by Dvorak, Schumann, Elgar and Tchaikovsky.
Competition awards and recent awards include the Baltimore Music Club Competitionin 2014 (1stprize), Yale Gordon Competition in 2015 (3rdprize), Peabody Honors Ensemble competition2015, the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival Overseas Bursary Competition2015 (2ndprize), Getting to Carnegie2016 (2ndprize). Further South African competition prizes (overall and runner-up) include Phillip Moore 2007 ATKV Muziq 2009, UNISA Performance Licentiate 2009 and Wakkerstroom Soloist Competition 2012.
Malan is employed full time at the Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra as associate principle cellist and work part time at theHarrisburg Symphony Orchestra and theMaryland Lyric Opera. Other employment includes “artist in residence” at Chamber Encounters in Pikesville, Friends of Chamber Music Concert Seriesin Lutherville Marylandand the Embassy Concert Seriesin Washington DCwith founder Jerome Barry.
As an educator, Malan works for two organizations in Baltimore named Baltimore Bows and Liberty Heights Elementary creating performing opportunities for, and educating various ethnic young students from the African American communities as well as the Orthodox Jewish Communities. Malan also became cofounder (together with Sahun Hong) of Creative Concert Group, a newly formed agency who promotes students from Juiliard, Curtis and Peabody Institutes to perform unique programs at distinguished concert series across Maryland State. Upcoming engagements includes Dvorak Cello Concerto with String Quartet instead of orchestra and Beethoven Tripple Concerto in Quintet form at the Chapel Music Conert Series in Charles Town, Springfield Concert Music Series and Embassy Concert Music Series in Washington DC.
Malan found "Baltimore String Quartets" that engages in many professional concerts, weddings and corporate functions across the East Coast of the United States.
Malan is currently playing on a cello completed in 2006 by esteemed Canadian luthier, Gregory Walke.