Pieter Wispelwey was born in Haarlem in the Netherlands in 1962. He studied the cello under Dicky Boeke and Anner Bylsma in Amsterdam, and later under Paul Katz in the United States and William Pleeth in England. In 1992, he became the first cellist to receive the Nederlandse Muziekprijs. He has appeared as a soloist with the greatest orchestras worldwide, including the Boston Symphony, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. The conductors he has played under include Iván Fischer, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Herbert Blomstedt, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kent Nagano, Neville Marriner, and Philippe Herreweghe. In 2012, Pieter Wispelwey founded Quartet-Lab with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Pekka Kuusisto, and Lilli Maijala. Equally at home on period instruments and on the modern cello, he has a repertoire that covers three centuries, from Vivaldi to Ligeti. His primary passion remains Bach’s Suites for solo cello: he frequently performs all six in public and has recorded them three times. He has made thirty albums for Channel Classics, Onyx, and Evil Penguin Classic.