Deborah Pae

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

Admired for her “focused intensity and extraordinary musicianship" (San Diego Union Tribune), Korean-American cellist DEBORAH PAE is captivating audiences with her “superb tone” and “high level of interpretative intelligence” (Transcentury Blog). With a "sophisticated technique" (San Diego Story) and an uncompromising curiosity in the pursuit of expression, Pae’s diverse career as a seasoned soloist, chamber musician, educator, and arts advocate has earned her international recognition.

Hailed as "exceptionally gifted" (Gramophone Magazine), Pae is an accomplished international soloist. She has appeared with ensembles including Sinfonia Varsovia of Poland, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and given solo performances at notable venues including the Musée du Louvre in Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the 75th GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden. Committed to performing new and forgotten works, Pae released her debut recording in 2013 of Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor with Christian Arming and the Liège Royal Philharmonique (Zig-Zag Territoires) and has since recorded a number of commissions under New World, TYXarts, Bridge, Fuga Libera, and Outhere Records.

A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Pae is the cellist of the award-winning Formosa Quartet, recipients of the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the 2006 International London Quartet Competition, and founding member of the Namirovsky-Lark-Pae Trio (formerly Trio Modêtre), winners of the 2016 Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grant and 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She has been a featured artist at festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Crans-Montana Classics, and the Amsterdam Cello Biennale and shared the stage with artists including Itzhak Perlman, Pamela Frank, Charles Neidich, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, Pro Arte, Takács, and Cleveland String Quartets.  

Pae is Professor of Cello at Eastern Michigan University and serves on faculty at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Formosa Chamber Music Festival, and Taipei Music Academy & Festival. She has previously served as Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at Académie et École Anglicorde in France, the Perlman Music Program, Visiting Guest Artist at Columbia University’s Music Performance Program, and Chamber Music Mentor at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.

An Associate Artist at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium, Ms. Pae has received major awards from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund, Belgian American Educational Foundation, DoMusica Foundation, and National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. She is a graduate of the The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory. Her mentors include Gary Hoffman, Joel Krosnick, Laurence Lesser, Itzhak Perlman, and Kim Kashkashian.

 Ms. Pae travels and performs with her trusty companion, a Vincenzo Postiglione cello (c. 1885) from Naples, Italy.

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