Deborah Pae

Admired for her “focused intensity and extraordinary musicianship” (San Diego Union Tribune), Korean-American cellist DEBORAH PAE is captivating audiences with her “superb tone” and “high level of interpretative intelligence” (Transcentury Blog). With “sophisticated technique” (San Diego Story) and uncompromising curiosity in the pursuit of profound expression, Pae’s diverse career as a seasoned soloist, chamber musician, educator, and arts advocate has earned her international recognition.


Hailed as “exceptionally gifted” (Gramophone Magazine), Pae is an accomplished international soloist. She has appeared with Sinfonia Varsovia of Poland, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and presented recitals at notable venues including the Musée du Louvre, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Van Wezel Foundation’s Young Artists Series. Committed to performing new and forgotten works, Pae released her debut recording in 2013 by Zig-Zag Territoires featuring Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor with conductor Christian Arming and the Liège Royal Philharmonique. Since then, she has recorded for New World, TYXarts, Bridge, Fuga Libera, and Outhere Record labels.


A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Pae is the cellist of the critically acclaimed Formosa Quartet (winners of the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the 2006 International London Quartet Competition) and founding member of Trio Modetre (winners of the 2016 Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grant and the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition). She has been a featured artist at festivals including Marlboro, Crans-Montana Classics, Festival Les Musicales de Colmar, and the Amsterdam Cello Biennale. Pae has shared the stage with artists including Itzhak Perlman, Pamela Frank, Charles Neidich, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, Johannes, Pro Arte, Takács, and Cleveland String Quartets.


Pae is Professor of Cello at Eastern Michigan University and serves on faculty at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and Formosa Chamber Music Festival. She has previously served as Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at Académie et École Anglicorde in France, the Perlman Music Program, Visiting Guest Artist at Columbia University’s Music Performance Program, and Chamber Music Mentor at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.


An Associate Artist-in-Residence at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium, Ms. Pae has received major awards from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund, Belgian American Educational Foundation, DoMusica Foundation, and National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Pae is a graduate of the The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory. Her mentors include Gary Hoffman, Joel Krosnick, Laurence Lesser, Itzhak Perlman, and Kim Kashkashian.


Ms. Pae travels and performs with her trusty companion, a Vincenzo Postiglione cello (c. 1885) from Naples, Italy.