Cellist Wesley Baldwin holds degrees from Yale College, the New England Conservatory, and the University of Maryland. His cello teachers included Colin Carr, Evelyn Elsing David Hardy, David Soyer, and Peter Wiley. Prior to his appointment at UT, he taught cello at the University of Maryland, and at Florida International University, where he was an artist-in-residence for three years.
Dr. Baldwin performs throughout the United States and Europe as soloist and chamber musician. As a concerto soloist he has appeared throughout the United States. In the 2010-2011 season his performances included concerti with the Oak Ridge, Wintergreen Festival, New River Valley, Salisbury, and Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestras and solo and chamber recitals Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
An advocate for great music from all eras, Dr. Baldwin is one of the only performers of several little known and new concerti for cello, including recently those by Wagenseil, Jacob T.V., Behzad Ranjbaran, and Alan Shulman. His recording of Shulman cello music, released by Albany records in 2010, enjoys widespread critical acclaim. He has also recorded for the Naxos, Zyode, Centaur, and Innova labels.
Wesley was the founder of the Plymouth String Quartet, with whom he was a top prizewinner in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and a finalist in the Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition. Other performing honors Baldwin has received include the Prix Mercure and Homer Ulrich Awards. Most recently, Wesley is a 2011 recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Performing Artist Fellowship.
As a member and principal cellist of the New World Symphony for four years, Baldwin performed with many of the world's great conductors, and toured Japan, Scotland, England, Argentina, and Brazil. His orchestral colleagues there selected him as the recipient of the New World Symphony's Community Board Award for artistic integrity and leadership. Wesley has continued his association with the New World Symphony the last ten years as an evaluator of regional auditions each Spring for the orchestra.
Dr. Baldwin has performed chamber music at the Aspen, Cazenovia, Hot Springs, Ojai, Sandpoint, Mainly Mozart, May in Miami, Skaneateles, and Subtropics Music Festivals, and internationally in Italy, France, Monte Carlo, Spain, Austria, Brazil, Argentina, the United Kingdom and Costa Rica.
Wesley is now cellist of the James Piano Quartet, for four years the resident ensemble at Sweet Briar College and the Wintergreen Festival. In the summers he performs and teaches at the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival, the ARIA academy, and at the Wintergreen Festival, where he serves on the faculty of the Wintergreen Academy and holds the Leonard Rose Memorial chair as principal cellist of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra. In the summer of 2011 he also acted as faculty member and camp director of the new James Piano Quartet Summer Chamber Music Camp in Virginia.
An enthusiastic teacher, Dr. Baldwin is privileged to work with a studio of energetic and talented music major cellists at UT. His former students play and teach throughout the United States, attend some of the most prestigious collegiate music programs in the country, and garner attention at competitions.
Recently his former cello students have continued their musical studies at Florida State University, Louisiana State University, Oberlin College, the University of Maryland, the University of Southern California, and the Hartt School. Recently attended summer festivals by Dr. Baldwin's cello students include the National Repertory Orchestra, Bowdoin, Hot Springs, Orford, ARIA, and Wintergreen Festivals.
Dr. Baldwin founded and directs the Tennessee Cello Workshop, an annual three-day gathering of roughly 100 cellists of all ages from throughout the United States held each February.