Cellist Lawrence Stomberg enjoys a varied career of performance as soloist and
chamber musician, pedagogue, and in community outreach through music. Hailed for "style and
elegance" and "drama and rhetoric" (Strings Magazine), and "lyrical yet impassioned
interpretation" (Fanfare Magazine), he has been a featured performer as faculty at the
Eastern Music Festival
and Texas Music Festival,
and Serafin Summer Music,
and performs annually at the Techne Music Festival
and Master Players Festival.
He served thirteen years as the cellist of the acclaimed Serafin String Quartet, having toured around the United States and recorded for
Centaur Records and Naxos Records (a recording of early chamber music of American composer Jennifer
Higdon). Stomberg is invested in presenting the music of the old masters, including recent
performances of the cycle of the six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello of J.S. Bach and the complete
Cello and Piano works of Beethoven, as well as bringing new works and compositional voices to life,
with recent and upcoming premiers and commissions of solo, sonata, chamber, and concerto works by
composers Kirk O’Riordan, David Osbon, Richard Prior, Mazz Swift, Alisa Rose, and Ketty Nez.
Concerts have taken him across four continents, with recent solo and chamber music performances in
London, Vienna, Bogotá, as well as across the United States.
As a recipient of the 2018 Delaware
Division of the Arts Established Artist Fellowship, Stomberg turned much his performance
activity to musical outreach and community engagement through his project,
Bach in Wilmington, which paired the six
Suites for Solo Cello of J.S. Bach with recorded interviews of residents of Wilmington, Delaware
(his current home), and commissioned works responding both to Bach and Wilmington, by violinists
and crossover artists Mazz Swift and Alisa Rose. This work continues, with planned performance and
teaching artist appearances in 2019-20 in community centers, churches, food pantries, and re-entry
programs around the city.
Stomber is a busy and dedicated pedagogue, having served on the faculties at Truman State
University in Missouri and Oklahoma State University before joining the music faculty at
the University of Delaware in 2004,
where he is currently Professor of Cello and Associate Chair for Performance Studies. He is a
frequent guest at schools across the United States and abroad giving cello and chamber music
masterclasses, and finds the work of teaching as an vital companion to that of performing.
Lawrence Stomberg lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife, cellist and pedagogue Jennifer
Crowell Stomberg. They have three children currently in college, as well as an animal menagerie
(not in college) of five cats, a dog, and a turtle.
Photography by Conrad Erb.
"A key player through all four seasons was cellist Lawrence Stomberg. His close attention
to [Julia] Fischer's lean created tight ensemble between the several duets the two played."
- Greensboro News & Record