Peter Stumpf (cellist)
Peter Stumpf is the former principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He was educated first at the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Orlando Cole and then the New England Conservatory. He started his professional career at age 16 as a cellist in the Hartford Symphony, then spent 12 years as associate principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra before assuming his position at the start of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2002/2003 season. He took a year's sabbatical from the LA Phil beginning in 2011 to begin teaching full-time at Indiana University's Jacob School of Music. He left the orchestra permanently in 2012.
Stumpf is also well known as a cello teacher, having taught at the New England Conservatory, USC Thornton School of Music, in addition to his current post at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.
On April 27, 2004, the General Kyd, a $3.5 million Stradivarius on loan to him from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was stolen after he left it on his porch. It was discovered in a dumpster by Melanie Stevens, a 30-year-old nurse, after a home surveillance video from across the street showed the cello being lifted by a clumsy thief on a bicycle at around 6:30 am. Stevens initially asked her boyfriend to turn it into a CD cabinet, though a week and a half later she caught a news report about the missing cello and the $50,000 reward for its return. She identified it on the police website and sought to return it, with the aid of a lawyer.
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