Deborah Pae

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 "sophisticated technique" (San Diego Story) and uncompromising curiosity in the pursuit of profound expression, Pae’s diverse career as a seasoned soloist, chamber musician, educator, and arts advocate has earned her international recognition.

Pae’s 2017-2018 season highlights include concerto performances of "Rhapsodies for Cello and Strings" by Jeffrey Mumford and Haydn’s Concerto in C as well as chamber music and solo recital tours in New York, San Francisco, Toronto, London, Brussels, France, Indonesia, and Taiwan. Committed to education and mentorship, Pae’s academic appearances include performances and masterclasses at Bowling Green State University, Washington College, Longwood University, and Eastern Michigan University where she serves as Professor of Cello.


Hailed as "exceptionally gifted" (Gramophone Magazine), Pae is an accomplished international soloist. She has appeared with Sinfonia Varsovia of Poland, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and presented recitals at notable venues including the Musée du Louvre, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Van Wezel Foundation’s Young Artists Series.  Committed to performing new and forgotten works, Pae released her debut recording in 2013 by Zig-Zag Territoires featuring Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor with conductor Christian Arming and the Liège Royal Philharmonique. As the cellist of Trio Modetre, their highly anticipated debut recording Tribute to Frank Bridge: Masterpieces Among Peers celebrates the 75th anniversary of Bridge’s death and breathes life back into his overlooked but striking second piano trio. As a collaborator on many projects, Pae has given world premieres of pieces by Jonathan Crehan, Roberto Kalb, Lei Liang and has joined forces with esteemed composer Jeffrey Mumford on a commission of a new cello concerto.  Outhere Music Label has partnered with Musiq3 Radio and will release Ms. Pae's latest live recital recording on Series Prestige on their new series Digitale in early 2018.

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

Pae 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. She has also served as artistic manager of Music for Food Boston benefit concert series, and founder and curator of the WLP Lunchtime Series, which continues to bring high quality chamber music performances to underserved communities in Boston. She currently serves on faculty at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and Formosa Chamber Music Festival. 

A former artist-in-residence 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.  Pae 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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