American Cellist Jonathan Pegis has Died, Aged 61

(Picture credit score: Todd Rosenberg)


Pegis handed away of pure causes, at residence in Waterloo, Iowa.

Born in Rochester, New York in 1960, Pegis was one in every of seven kids, all whom performed string devices.

His first trainer was Alan Harris on the Eastman Faculty of Music’s Preparatory Division, the place his first trainer was Alan Harris. Different early mentors embody Lee Fiser, Paul Katz, and Lynn Harrell.

A graduate of the Cincinnati Faculty-Conservatory of Music, he joined the LaSalle Quartet on chamber music excursions of the USA and Germany. He earned his grasp’s and performer’s certificates at Eastman, alongside enjoying within the Rochestra Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1986, he was invited by Sir Georg Solti to hitch the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s cello part, a put up he held till his retirement in 2018. Throughout his tenure, he ceaselessly carried out in chamber music — together with concert events on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Collection and the Northwestern College Winter Chamber Music Competition.

Later, Pegis joined the college at Northwestern College, instructing cello orchestral research till 2012.

““I’m deeply saddened to study of the passing of Jon Pegis, a really sort individual and an exquisite participant,” mentioned CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti. “I’ll bear in mind him and his great contribution to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.”

Pegis is survived by his spouse Daybreak, together with sons Michael and Jason from his earlier marriage to Lisa Rensberger.

Our condolences to Pegis’ household, mates, colleagues, and college students.



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