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Cello Solos Today
A collection of new solo works for cello, written for intermediate cellists by many of today’s leading composersCreated By: Chris Gross
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Chris GrossNew York, NY
Chris Gross is an active performer in the New York contemporary classical scene, having premiered works by Pierre Boulez, John Zorn as well as Milton Babbitt’s work for solo cello More Melismata. Following his performance of cello music by Charles Wuorinen, The Strad Magazine wrote: “The tone of Gross’s cello enveloped the crowd [as he] showed energy and intonational accuracy, even when racing around the fingerboard.” The New York Times wrote of his performance of Brian Ferneyhough’s Time and Motion Study II for cello and electronics, that "…for 20 minutes this skinny young cellist…seemed like a musical master of universe…." He is a founding member of the Talea Ensemble, whose recording of works by Fausto Romitelli received recognition as one of the Top 10 Classical Albums of 2012 by TimeOut NY, and has appeared as guest with various ensembles including I.C.E., Cygnus, Flux Quartet, and at venues including Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Disney Hall, and Bargemusic. Also active as an educator, he is currently on faculty at Lehigh University, is on the Leadership Committee as a Teaching Artist with the New York Philharmonic, and is a certified Suzuki Instructor. His article “What is a Suzuki Teacher?” appeared in the American Suzuki Journal. He has also participated in numerous residencies at universities across the country, and given lectures on contemporary string performance at Harvard University and Brooklyn College. He holds degrees from Oberlin and Juilliard, and is currently a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at Juilliard in New York.