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    From Charleston, South Carolina, Peter O’Malley began his journey as a cellist at age seven. He studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree under the guidance of Dr. Melissa Kraut.

    A graduate of the Charleston County School of the Arts in 2023, Peter earned recognition as Principal of his school’s Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonietta, and distinguished himself as Editor-In-Chief of Applause, the school’s newspaper. His journalistic pursuits allowed him to interview notable figures in the world of classical music, including Midori, Xavier Foley, Jonathon Heyward, and Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet.

    Since 2016 he has attended several summer chamber music and orchestra festivals, including Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Castleman Quartet Program, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and Hilton Head Chamber Music Institute.

    Peter has played for numerous acclaimed musicians, including Xavier Foley, Midori, Norman Fischer, Daniel Ching of the Miró Quartet, and Peter Zazofsky. He was the recipient of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League David and Karen Stahl College Scholarship, the inaugural winner of the Emily Remington Music Scholarship, and received several scholarships from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League and Charleston Music Club.

Solo repertoire

Bach Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007

Bach Cello Suite No. 2, BWV 1008

Bach Cello Suite No. 3, BWV 1009

Bach Cello Suite No. 4, BWV 1010

Bach Cello Suite No. 5, BWV 1011

Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043 (arr. Parnas)

Beethoven Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5 No. 2

Beethoven Cello Sonata in A Major, Op. 69

Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85

Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Hob. VIIb/1

Lalo Cello Concerto in D Minor, mvt. 1

Mahler Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, arr. for cello

Perkinson Lamentations for Solo Cello, mvt. 1: “Fuguing Tune”

Piazzolla Le Grand Tango

Popper High School of Cello Playing, Op. 73: #1-23, 26, 27, 32

Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33

Schubert Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821, mvt. 1
Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40


orchestraL experience

Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra (Principal, Section 2023)

Beaufort Symphony Orchestra (Substitute Section Cello, 2023)

Charleston County School of the Arts Symphony (Principal 2021-2023; Section 2019-2020)

Charleston County School of the Arts Sinfonietta (Principal 2021-2023, Section 2020-2021)

Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra (Principal 2019-2022)

College of Charleston Orchestra (Section 2022)

South Carolina All State Orchestra (Assistant Principal 2020, 2022; Section 2019, 2021)

Luzerne Music Center Orchestra (Principal 2019, 2021; Section 2016-2018

Chamber music performances

  • Beethoven Duet in E-Flat Major “Eyeglasses,” WoO 32

  • Beethoven Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5 No. 2

  • Beethoven Clarinet Trio in B-Flat Major “Gassenhauer,” Op. 11

  • Beethoven String Quartet No. 4,  Op. 18 No. 4, mvt. 1

  • Beethoven String Quartet No. 7, Op. 59 No. 1, mvt. 1

  • Beethoven Cello Sonata in A Major, Op. 69

  • Beethoven String Quartet  No. 10 “Harp,” Op. 74

  • Beethoven String Quartet No. 11 “Serioso,” Op. 95

  • Beethoven String Sextet, arrangement of Symphony 6 “Pastorale,” mvt. 1

  • Boccherini String Quintet in C Major

  • Dvořák Piano Trio No. 4, “Dumky,” Op. 90

  • Dvořák Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81

  • V. Fung String Quartet No. 1, mvts. 1 & 3

  • Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia

  • Haydn String Quartet No. 62 “Emperor,” Op. 76 No. 3

  • Hummel Piano Trio in F Major, mvt. 1

  • Montgomery Strum

  • Mozart String Quartet No. 4, K. 157

  • Mozart String Quartet, K. 575

  • Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49, mvt. 1

  • Mendelssohn String Octet, Op. 20, mvts. 1 & 4

  • Puccini Crisantemi

  • Popper Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano, Op. 66

  • Rachmaninov String Quartet, mvt. 1

  • Rossini Duo for Cello and Bass

  • Schubert String Quintet in C Major, D. 956, mvt. 1

  • Schumann Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 47, mvt. 1, 2

  • Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110

  • C. Singleton “Testimony”

  • Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70, mvt. 1

  • Walker String Quartet No. 1 “Lyric”

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