Lawrence Stomberg, Cellist


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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