Hailed for his “emotional sound” (DCMetro Theater Arts US and Beeld SA), South African cellist Jacques-Pierre Malan has performed across Europe, South Africa, and the United States. Malan appears annually as soloist with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa. As a member of the South African National Youth Orchestra, Malan toured in Germany, giving concerts at the Beethoven Haller in Bonn as well as at the Philharmonie Concert Hall in Berlin. He became a member of the “12 Celli Family” from Germany, touring regularly around Europe. In the Netherlands, Malan performed solo and chamber recitals at the Appeldoorn Music Festival and the Zuid Afrika Huis to represent South African Dutch history. Malan received a Graduate Performance diploma in Solo and Chamber Music and a Master of Music degree in Pedagogical and Performing Arts from the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Baltimore at the Peabody Conservatory, Walters Art Museum, Music of the Great Hall; in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center, Phillips Collection, Smithsonian of Natural History, National Press Club; and in New York at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. Malan is currently employed under an O1 visa with “Chamber Encounters,” “Friends of Chamber Music Concert Series,” “The Embassy Concert Series,” and the “Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.”


Jessica Albrecht, BM University of Maryland, is currently pursuing a Masters of Music at the Peabody Institute in the studio of Alan Stepansky, former New York Philharmonic cellist. She performs regularly with Perfect Harmony String Ensemble and the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, hailed by the Washington Post as “the premier American ragtime ensemble.” Albrecht is a founding member of Ensemble Deburau, a contemporary chamber ensemble based in College Park. She has performed at prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Albrecht is a Finalist in the Arts of the merit-based Maryland Distinguished Scholarship, the 2013 recipient of the highly selective Clifford Arnold Bernsen Memorial Scholarship Fund, and was recently awarded the Tretter Award in chamber music. She teaches private cello lessons in the College Park area as well as freelances throughout D.C. and Baltimore.