She has performed with many leading international ensembles, and in recent years her reputation as soloist has continued to grow, giving major performances with the Shanghai Symphony, the La Jolla Symphony, the Shenzhen Symphony, and the Seattle Symphony.
After studying at the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School, Ms.Sutter made her professional solo debut at Avery Fisher Hall in 1990 with the New York premiere of "Kaddish" for cello and orchestra by the late David Diamond, and under the direction of Gerard Schwartz. Incredible debut performances soon followed at New York's Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and demand for her playing quickly rose.
In 1994 she accepted an invitation from Mikhail Baryshnikov to premiere "A Suite of Dances," a pas de deux for instrumentalist and dancer centered on Bach's compositions for solo cello, choreographed by the legendary Jerome Robbins. Sutter and Baryshnikov presented the work throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia on tour with the White Oak Dance Project. Sutter balanced her solo work by continuing to perform in top ensembles, with crowning performances at Marlboro Music, Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Spoleto, and many other festivals and concert halls.
In 2000, Sutter took a leave of absence from the classical repertoire to join the avant-garde ensemble, Bang on a Can. As a member of the ensemble's All-Stars, she premiered works by many top modern composers including Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Ornette Coleman and Meredith Monk.
Sutter's most recent project, "Songs and Poems for Solo Cello," written for her by Philip Glass, is a work that draws deeply from the wellsprings of musical tradition. The piece has collected impressive cd and download sales, and as Greg Sandow put it in the Wall Street Journal, "Sutter throws herself into the music with something like ferocity, playing each repetition as an intensification of the one before. Or maybe she's just so intense that everything feels new. And so the music never stands still..."
Sutter plays on "the Ex Vatican Strad," a viola da gamba built in Cremona in 1620 by the great luthier Nicolo Amati and adapted to a cello by the master and his most famous student, Antonio Stradivari. The instrument is gifted with an extraordinary presence.