Amy Sue Barston

Pre-College Division

Pre-College Division: 

  • Cello

Contact Information

Contact Information

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Born in Evanston, IL

Concerto soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on live television, Rockford Symphony, Prometheus Chamber Orch, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Orch of Southern Fingerlakes, U Mich Symphony, USC Symphony, Pasadena Orchestra, Kishwalkee Symphony, Highland Park Symphony, and Westchester Symphony, among many others. Solo recitals and chamber music in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bargemusic, Caramoor, Strathmore, Weill Recital Hall, Ravinia, Haan Hall (Jerusalem), The Power House (Sydney, Australia), The Banff Centre (Canada), Xiamen University (China), U Penn, Tokyo, Phillips Collection, Dame Myra Hess Series, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Cologne, and the International Musicians Festival (Prussia Cove).  Grand prize winner in the Society of American Musicians Competition and first place and audience prize winner in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.  Faculty at the National Cello Institute and Japan-Seattle Advanced Institute for Cello, 2005 to present. Festivals: Ravinia Steans Institute, Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival, Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, VAMF, Meadowlark, Classicopia.  Cellist in the Corigliano Quartet, whose Naxos CD was named one of the top two recordings of the year by the New Yorker and Grammaphone Magazine. Gave World Premiere of Ned Rorem's "Aftermath" at Ravinia. Her students have won top prizes in the MTNA solo competition, American Protégé International Competition, and Artists International Competition, among many others.

Degrees and Studies

B.M. and Most Outstanding Graduate Award, the University of Southern California; cello studies with Eleonore Schoenfeld.  M.M.: Juilliard; cello studies with Joel Krosnick.  Childhood cello studies with Nell Novak at the Music Institute of Chicago from age 3.  Masterclasses with Yo Yo Ma, Bernard Greenhouse, David Geringas, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Miriam Fried. Summer studies with Irene Sharp, Richard Aaron, Phillipe Mueller, Gary Hoffman, and Tim Eddy.  Chamber music with Robert Mann, Peter Oundjian, Roland Vamos, Leon Fleisher, and Pinchas Zukerman.

The Juilliard School

Pre-College faculty since 2014.