Peter Gelfand, cello
Peter Gelfand performed as the Principal Cellist with the San Jose Symphony from the 1985 season through that orchestra's final season in 2002. He continues in that same capacity with the newly created Symphony Silicon Valley. During his first three seasons in San Jose, he divided his time equally between the San Jose Symphony and the renowned St. Louis Symphony, an orchestra with which he toured and recorded extensively. From 1988 through the 1998 season, he also served as the Principal Cellist with the Monterey County Symphony. Since the 1999 season, Mr. Gelfand has been a regular performer with the San Francisco Symphony.
In 1989, Mr. Gelfand founded two prominent local chamber music ensembles, the San Jose String Quartet and the San Jose Chamber Players. Over the years, these two ensembles have performed in collaboration with virtually every major arts organization and institution in the Santa Clara Valley.
Mr. Gelfand has participated in numerous music festivals including the Banff Festival of the Arts, the Colorado Music Festival, and the Spoleto Festival of the Two Worlds where he performed as Principal Cellist both in Charleston, South Carolina and in Spoleto, Italy.
Mr. Gelfand received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Indiana University School of Music, where he studied with legendary cellist Janos Starker. While at Indiana University, he also studied chamber music with Josef Gingold, Menahem Pressler, Franco Gulli, Gyorgy Sebok, and Eva Janzer.
When not performing in symphonic and chamber music settings, he devotes much of his time and energy to developing and producing innovative collaborative projects of an educational and multicultural nature.
In 2005, Mr. Gelfand began his tenure as a member of the Board of Trustees with Arts Council Silicon Valley.