Charleston-based cellist Norbert Lewandowski will treat Kiawah to a unique cello performance featuring some of the finest works in 20th and 21st century American classical music. Inspired by the Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang, each piece in the program was composed for multiple cellos. Thus the various cello parts were masterfully recorded by Lewandowski to accompany his own live hour-long performance, one that is sure to linger in the audience’s memory.
Lewandowski was born in Milwaukee, WI and began cello studies at the age of 13. He holds a Master’s degree in performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music and is the principal cellist of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his position in Charleston, Lewandowski performed as a member of the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras, the Minnesota Opera, and the chamber music festival in Taos, New Mexico. He has also been featured as a soloist on numerous occasions including past performances with the New World Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
Lewandowski’s extensive experience with new music includes a wide array of performances and recordings with the groups Alarm Will Sound and Brave New Works, and was highlighted in 2008 by an appointment as cellist of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. Lewandowski’s cello was made by Emil Hjorth in Copenhagen, 1890, and is on a generous loan from the Virtu Foundation in Charlottesville, VA.