Slavic Music for Cello & Piano[CD]
~ Anthony Elliott
Cellist Anthony Elliott is in great demand as a soloist, chamber music performer, and teacher. Following his victory in the Emanuel Feuermann International Cello Competition in 1987, Strad magazine wrote of his competition appearance 'His emotional communication is often profound, and his glittering, silvery tone captivates the ear'. Following quickly on the heels of his competition victory was a highly successful New York debut recital. Anthony Elliott's studies were with two legendary figures of the cello, Janos Starker and Frank Miller. Presently he is a Professor of Music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has given master classes at most of America's leading music programs including Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, Chicago's Music Center of the North Shore, Northwestern University, and Interlochen Arts Academy. He devotes most of his summer to teaching and performing at the Aspen Music Festival, and at the famed Meadowmount School. A frequent guest soloist with major orchestras, Anthony Elliott has performed most of the standard concerto repertory with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, and the CBC Toronto Orchestra. As a soloist, his performances have been recorded and broadcast on radio and television across the United States and Canada. His recordings are available on a number of labels including Koch International, Collins Classics, Vox and Equilibirum Records. Also in great demand as a chamber musician, he is a regular guest artist at the Sitka (Alaska) Summer Music Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Texas Music festival, New York's Bargemusic Chamber Series, Chamber Music International of Dallas, Houston's DaCamera Series, the Victoria International Festival, and the Gateways Festival. He has appeared as a member of Quartet Canada, with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and with members of the Emerson, Juilliard, Cleveland, and Concord string quartets. He has appeared in chamber music with the present and former concertmasters of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He performs regularly with the Michigan Chamber Players in Ann Arbor. Ruth Tomfohrde is a Professor of Piano on the faculty of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. She has a varied and successful career in several areas: as a solo recitalist and as a soloist with orchestras; as a collaborator with singers and instrumentalists; as pianist in chamber music performances, and recently in two-piano performances with Timothy Hester; and as a teacher whose piano students have been very successful as performers and teachers. Among her students, there are many who have won state and national competitions. Several of her former students have won or placed in international competitions. Mrs. Tomfohrde is often invited to give workshops, to judge competitions, and to give master classes. Her early training was in Houston with Ruth Burr. She has a Bachelor's degree and an Artist's Diploma from the Juilliard School in New York City, studying piano with Ernest Hutcheson. She also studied with Robert Casadesus at Fountainbleau, France. She has appeared as soloist with the Houston Symphony, the Seattle Little Symphony, the Saint Louis Philharmonic, the Moores School of Music Orchestra, and others. She has played solo recitals in many locations and has toured parts of the United States as collborator with singers and instrumentalists. She has performed collaborative recitals in Alice Tully Hall and Weill Hall (at Carnegie Hall) in New York City and at Wigmore Hall and the BBC in London.
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