- Cello, Chamber Music
Born in New Haven, CT
Cellist of Juilliard String Quartet since 1974, with performances throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and recordings of major classical and contemporary quartet repertoire; 2008 recipient Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award from Chamber Music America. Co-founder/director (1962), Group for Contemporary Music, Columbia U.; numerous premieres of works by Wuorinen, Martino, Babbitt, Shapey, Carter, Wernick, and others. Recordings of Bacon, Overton, Berger, Shapey, Carter, Cowell, Weber, Schnabel, Sessions. Annual duo recitals in N.Y. and throughout the U.S. and Europe with pianist Gilbert Kalish. Recordings: Arabesque (including complete Brahms Sonatas, Beethoven Sonatas and Variations, and works others); CBS, SONY, CRI, Nonesuch, Orion, Koch, CP2, New World. Two Grammy Awards (Schoenberg and Late Beethoven String Quartets); two Indie Awards and Classical Recording Foundation Award (with Kalish); Chevalier du Violoncelle Award from Eva Janzer Memorial Cello Center at Indiana U. Assistant professor, U. of Iowa, 1963-66; U. of Massachusetts, 1966-70; artist-in-residence, California Institute of Arts, 1970-74. Past associations: Aspen, Marlboro, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn, Piatigorsky Seminar at U.S.C.; currently, artist faculty, Kneisel Hall.
Degrees and Studies
B.A., Columbia College. Honorary doctorates: Michigan State U., Jacksonville U., San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Studies with William D'Amato, Luigi Silva, Claus Adam, and Jens Nygaard.