Cellist Amy Sue Barston was born in Evanston, Ill., and has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Symphony, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Southern Fingerlakes, University of Michigan Symphony, University of Southern California Symphony, and Pasadena Orchestra, among many others. She has also appeared in solo recitals and chamber music at venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bargemusic, Caramoor, Strathmore, Weill Recital Hall, and the Ravinia Festival. She was a grand prize winner in the Society of American Musicians Competition and won first place and the audience prize in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. Since 2005 she has been on the faculty of the National Cello Institute and Japan-Seattle Advanced Institute for Cello. She was 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. Barston gave the world premiere of Ned Rorem’s Aftermath at Ravinia. She holds a BM and the most outstanding graduate award from the University of Southern California where she studied with Eleonore Schoenfeld and a MM from Juilliard where she studied with Joel Krosnick. Childhood cello studies were with Nell Novak at the Music Institute of Chicago from the age of 3. She has taken 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; and chamber music studies with Robert Mann, Peter Oundjian, Roland Vamos, Leon Fleisher, and Pinchas Zukerman. She joined Juilliard’s Pre-College faculty in 2014.