Pablo Mahave-Veglia

Cellist Pablo Mahave-Veglia resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he is a Professor at Grand Valley State University. Mr. Mahave-Veglia is a cellist and teacher of broad interests whose repertoire ranges from the early baroque, performed on period instruments, to his ongoing interest in researching, performing and recording the work of contemporary Latin-American composers. He counts among his musical influences his late mother, the noted piano pedagogue Mercedes Veglia, as well as such artists/teachers as Arnaldo Fuentes, Steven Doane, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Janos Starker and Uri Vardi.

Past projects have included touring with a solo program of the Bach Cello Suites using original instruments, including a 5-string violoncello piccolo. He has also researched the music of a group of cellist/composers based in London in the 1740's that extended the technical possibilities of the instrument and molded them into the new emerging galant style. In 2015 he toured widely with “Not So Alone,” a solo program of music for cello and electronics, featuring music by Reich, Cantón, Alcalde, and Bill Ryan.

Over the last couple of seasons he has been much in demand as a chamber musician, joining the roster for the Ontario-based “Magisterra Soloist” for a tour of eastern Canada, as well as performing as a member of the Harlem Chamber Players during their residency at the University of Iowa. This last year he played the complete Vivaldi Sonatas with harpsichordist Gregory Crowell at the “Music at Penn Alps” in Maryland, as well as travelling to his native Chile to play a recital at the Frutillar Festival, and play the Saint-Saëns Concerto with orchestras in Antofagasta and La Serena.

Dr. Mahave-Veglia performs his own edition of the Boccherini G Major Concerto, and likewise it has been used by others including the Berlin Radio Symphony. His current research on the 1934 Cello Concerto by American composer Leo Sowerby has a forthcoming publication.

An alumnus of the Interlochen Arts Academy, Dr. Mahave-Veglia holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University and the Eastman School of Music. Additionally, he has attended such music festivals as Banff (Canada), NOI (Maryland), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), the Jerusalem International Festival (Israel) and the Schleswig-Holstein and Heidelberg Music Festivals (Germany). Mr. Mahave-Veglia is a former faculty member at the University of Evansville (Indiana), Ripon College (Wisconsin), St. Cloud State University (Minnesota), the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Madison Summer Cello Institute, the International Music Academy in Pilsen (Czech Republic), and the Eastern and Brevard Music Festivals (North Carolina). In addition, he has appeared as soloist or chamber musician in his native Chile, Colombia, Perú, Costa Rica, Europe, Hong Kong and Malaysia. In the United States he has performed at such venues as the Mammoth Lakes Chamber Music Festival (California), the Saugatuck Music Festival (Michigan), the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago, the Elvehem Museum in Madison, Wisconsin, and in New York City at the Renee Weiler Hall, Bang on a Can Marathon and le poisson rouge, the Fringe Concerts of the Boston Early Music Festival, the Fontana Chamber Arts Summer Festival in Kalamazoo, and in radio broadcast series.

Hong Kong's “Radio 1,” Chicago's Live from WFMT, and the “Play it is Music” Podcast have all done feature-length programs on his projects and featured his recordings.

Professor Mahave-Veglia performs on a five-string baroque cello made by Chilean Luthier Marcelo Cigna in 1986. He also performs on a late eighteenth century British cello in restored to period setup by Ian Watchorn in 2005. His modern instrument is a 1790 William Forster on loan to him by an anonymous private collector.

Mr. Mahave-Veglia has recorded for the Eroica, Centaur, Audite, Ghostly International and Innova labels. Visit his website at