New York-born cellist Astrid Schween is an internationally recognized soloist, chamber artist, and teacher. In September 2016, she succeeded Joel Krosnick as the cellist in the Juilliard String Quartet and joined Juilliard’s cello faculty.
Schween made her debut as soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta. She participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and William Pleeth master classes in Aldeburgh and, while a young professional, was mentored by members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Borodin, La Salle, Amadeus, Alban Berg, Galimir, Paganini, and Budapest quartets. She served for many years on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, the Hartt School of Music, Mount Holyoke College, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
As a longtime member of the Lark Quartet, Schween performed at major venues around the world and received many honors including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the gold medal at Russia’s Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition. During her tenure, the Lark Quartet produced critically acclaimed recordings for the Arabesque, Decca/Argo, New World, CRI and Point labels, commissioned numerous works, and performed at international festivals including Mostly Mozart, Schleswig-Holstein, and Lockenhaus.
An active speaker and panelist, she has served on the juries of the Fischoff, Sphinx, and Concert Artist Guild competitions, and was recently featured in Strings and Strad magazines, on the web series Living the Classical Life, in interviews on NPR, and as a guest speaker at the Library of Congress on the role of women in music.
In addition to her work with the Juilliard Quartet, Schween remains active as a soloist. Her recording of Rhapsody for solo cello and electronics by Gordon Green, as well as an album with the Boston Trio, were recently released on the JRI and Centaur labels.
Schween received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard, where her teachers included Harvey Shapiro, Leonard Rose, Channing Robbins, and Ardyth Alton. She studied extensively with cellist Jacqueline Du Pré in London and later with Bernard Greenhouse in the DMA program at Rutgers University.