Saturday 7 May
Conservatorium Theatre

This exciting performance features the cello in various ensemble configurations and presents highlights of the contemporary cello repertoire.


David Popper – Requiem for 3 Cellos and Piano
David Requiro, Trish O’Brien, Meta Weiss, cellos, Stephen Emmerson, piano

Giovanni Sollima – Arboreto Salvatico for 2 Cellos
Meta Weiss & David Requiro, cellos

Arvo Pärt – Da Pacem Domine for Cello Quartet
David Requiro, Kelly Lee, Meta Weiss, Andy Leask, cellos

Heitor Villa Lobos – Bachianas Brasilieras No. 1 for Cello Ensemble
DR Meta Weiss, Kelly Lee, Julia Janiszewski, Oliver Russell, Georgia Ostenfield, Ngaio Toombes, Charlotte Low, Raechel Suh, Julian Sharp, Andy Leask.

San Francisco native Dr Meta Weiss (pronounced MAY-ta) made her international debut at age seven in Utrecht, Holland, and has established herself as one of the leading cellists of her generation. An acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, her performances have taken her to venues throughout the US and internationally, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, The Kimmel Center, Melbourne Recital Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Cidade Das Artes (Brazil), and Teatro Britanico (Peru).

Top prize-winner in numerous competitions, including the Washington International, Irving M. Klein, Seattle LMC, Carmel Music Society, NFMC Young Artist, and Schadt Competitions, Weiss has also been featured on National Public Radio, including as guest artist on the shows A Prairie Home Companion, Performance Today, and Northwest Focus Live. As a member of the cello-rock group Break of Reality, she was selected by the US Department of State as  “musical ambassador” for the American Music Abroad Program, touring across America, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Brazil. Entendre, the debut album of duoW, her violin-cello duo, released on the Grammy award-winning Sono Luminus label, is the winner of the Violoncello Foundation’s Listener’s Choice Award. She also performs as a member of the Weiss-Requiro Duo, which released its first album in December 2015, entitled A Dué Celli.

Weiss joined the faculty at the Queensland Conservatorium in 2015 as Senior Lecturer in Cello, and holds degrees from Rice University (BM) and Juilliard (MM), where she is also completing her Doctor of Musical Arts studies. She performs on a Gioffredo Cappa cello, c. 1690, generously provided for her by an anonymous supporter.


First Prize winner of the 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello Competition, David Requiro (pronounced re-KEER-oh) has emerged as one of today’s finest American cellists. After winning First Prize in both the Washington International and Irving M. Klein International String Competitions, he also captured a top prize at the Gaspar Cassadó International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan, coupled with the prize for the best performances of works by Cassadó.

Mr. Requiro has soloed with the Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and numerous orchestras across North America. His Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall was followed by a critically acclaimed San Francisco Performances recital at the Herbst Theatre. Soon after making his Kennedy Center debut, Mr. Requiro also completed the cycle of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Cello at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Actively involved in contemporary music, he has collaborated with many composers, including Krzysztof Penderecki and Bright Sheng, and gave the Dutch premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s Sonata for cello and piano at the 2010 Amsterdam Cello Biennale.

Mr. Requiro has recently been appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. He previously served as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Puget Sound as well as a Guest Lecturer at the University of Michigan. His artist faculty appointments include the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival, Giverny Chamber Music Festival, Innsbrook Music Festival and Institute, Maui Classical Music Festival, and Olympic Music Festival. He is also a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players Series in New York City and a founding member of the Baumer String Quartet.