Oklahoma-based cellist Meredith Blecha-Wells has signed on to release an album of works for cello and piano by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů on Navona Records.
Dr. Blecha-Wells has enjoyed a healthy career as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, touring worldwide and performing at venues such as the Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House.
She received her Bachelors’ and Masters’ Degrees in Cello Performance from Indiana University, where she studied with Janos Starker and Helga Winold. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a teaching assistant to Alan Harris.
Meredith is also a member of the Pangea Chamber Players, featuring oboist Celeste Johnson Frehner, violinist Laura Talbott, and pianist Jeffrey Brown. While this group tours nationwide, they are also dedicated to promoting chamber music in their local Oklahoma region.
Dr. Blecha-Wells is equally as active in the classroom as she is on stage with her cello. She currently teaches as an Associate Professor of Cello at Oklahoma State University, where she recently received the “College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence.”
Accompanying Dr. Blecha-Wells on the album is Dr. Sun Min Kim, a renown pianist who currently serves as assistant processor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kim made his début with the Ulsan Symphony Orchestra at age 13, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto. As a laureate of various awards, he debuted at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and other prestigious venues across the United States and abroad.
To hear some of Dr. Blecha-Wells’ work, you can check out her SoundCloud player below. Stay tuned for more updates on her project!