allison eldredge Biography
Active Concert Cellist and Recording Artist, Allison Eldredge has been performing in the world's premiere Concert Halls for more than 30 years. She is a recipient of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, a National Grant awarded to American musicians demonstrating exceptional ability. Musical America, the world’s premiere performing arts resource, named Allison Eldredge“Young Artist of the Year”. Following the Artist's release of Saint-Saens and Lalo Concerti with the Royal Philharmonic and conductor Hans Vonk, American Record Guide wrote, “ Hers is virtuosity wholly at the service of the music.”
Allison Eldredge gained national attention when, Conductor Daniel Barenboim, invited the Artist to make her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing the Elgar Cello Concerto. The performances marked Daniel Barenboim’s first public performances of the Elgar Concerto since performing the piece with his late wife, celebrated-cellist Jacqueline Du Pre, who had brought the Elgar Concerto to prominence. The Artist performed on Jacqueline Du Pre's 1972 Sergiu Peresson cello for the performances and was heralded as “a cellist afraid of nothing..” by the Chicago Sun Times and "a musician of remarkable gifts" by the Chicago Tribune.
As soloist, Allison Eldredge has performed with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Academy of St. Marin-in-the-Fields and the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Moscow Virtuosi, Berlin Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Hague Philharmonic, Netherlands Symphony, Enschede Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Budapest Symphony, Milan Symphony, Ukraine National State Symphony, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Polish Radio Symphony and the Zurich Chamber Orkest in Switzerland.
In Asia, she has appeared with the China National Symphony, Yomiuri Symphony, Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic.
In America, Allison Eldredge has been guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Pops, St. Louis Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Utah Symphony, Vermont Symphony, San Diego Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and regional symphonies throughout the United States.
She has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Krzysztof Penderecki, Evgeni Svetlanov, Hans Vonk, Sergiu Commissiona, Joseph Silverstein, Keith Lockhart, JoAnn Falletta, Stanislaw Skrowacewski, Eiji Oue, Mark Elder, Jorge Mester, Otto-Werner Mueller and Jaap van Sweden among many others.
Exceptional distinctions include a critically-acclaimed sold-out debut as soloist at Carnegie Hall with the Warsaw Sinfonia and legendary Polish Composer Krzysztof Penderecki at the baton, a special performance in tribute to cellist Pablo Casals at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, a guest invitation as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall and a command performance at the White House.
An advocate for living composers, Ms. Eldredge has toured the U.S., Europe and the Middle East with composer Krzysztof Penderecki performing his Viola Concerto transcribed for cello and orchestra. In 2013, she performed his Concerto Grosso No. 1 for 3 Cellos as first cellist with the composer at the podium in Poland. In 2008, Strad Magazinereviewed “Eldredge's..high-voltage perfomance” in New York celebrating American composer Paul Schoenfield's works with the composer present. She has collaborated with composers Leon Kirchner, Shigeaki Saegusa, Lukas Foss, Marc O' Connor, Andy Vores and performed the works of many other living composers including Joan Tower, Bright Sheng, George Crumb and Ellen Taafe Zwillich.
As solo recitalist, Allison Eldredge has toured the world receiving critical acclaim in London, New York’s 92nd St. Y and Carnegie Weill Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center and Philip Museum, Los Angeles’s Center for the Arts at UCLA , San Francisco's Symphony Hall Recital Series, Ravinia’s Rising Stars in Chicago, Cleveland Institute of Music Recital Series, Suntory and Casals Hall in Tokyo, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Allison Eldredge has released 7 solo albums including Saint-Saens and Lalo Concerti with the Royal Philharmonic and conductor Hans Vonk, a self-titled album of pieces for cello and piano for Canyon Classics, beloved Works of Chopin and Faure for cello and piano and the Elgar Concerto on Denon Records and Denon Essentials available on Itunes.
A “Live” performance of the Haydn Cello Concerto in C is available on Arizona University Record. Her release of her first classical-pop album “If I Loved You” on Denon Records brought her universal critical acclaim. Her second crossover album “Romantic Duets” with Dallas Symphony Music Director and Violinist, Jaap Van Sweden of famous opera arias is available on BMG. Eldredge’s other recordings can be heard on Denon Records, Pony Canyon Classics and BMG.
A passionate leader of music education, Allison Eldredge gives masterclasses regularly throughout her travels. She has visited more than 100 public schools promoting music education throughout the U.S. and internationally. In 2011, she Founded the Foulger International Music Festival, an inclusive modern summer music camp in New Jerseypromoting intensive music education, performance and career development for young musicians with video-streamed concerts and masterclasses, supported by the Sid and Mary Foulger Family Foundation.
In 2014, she Co-Founded the Westport Chamber Music Workshop in Connecticut and she served as Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival in Vermont for seven seasons (2004-2011). She has served on the Faculty of Harvard University from 2008-2011 and is currently on the cello faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory School. She maintains a private teaching studio in Boston and in Connecticut. She studied at the Pre-College and College of the Juilliard School. Her teachers have included Harvey Shapiro, Eleanore Schoenfeld, Felix Galimir, Ardyth Alton, Joan Lunde, Mstislav Rostropovich and Yo-Yo Ma.
An active chamber musician, Allison Eldredge has shared the stage with renowned Artists such as Andre Previn, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Marc 'O Connor, Jaap Van Sweden, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Chee-Yun, Max Levinson and many others. She was a member of the Boston Trio from 2001-2011. She has been a guest artist of Bay Chamber Music Festival, the San Juan Chamber Music Festival, Ravinia, Casals, Caramoor, Santa Fe, Rockport Chamber, Salt Bay, Waterloo, Colmar Festival (France), Davos Festival (Switzerland), Dvorak Festival in Prague, Johanessen International Festival in Victoria, BC, the Killington Music Festival and Rutger's Summerfest in New Jersey.
Allison Eldredge's radio and television credits include appearances on New York's WQXR, Boston's WGBH, VPR, NPR, Japan's NHK-National Television and Radio, ABC's Good Morning America, PBS with Florence Hendersen and a documentary in which she appeared with Isaac Stern and Yo-Yo Ma for Japanese television.
She lives in Boston with her husband, Pianist Max Levinson and their two daughters. She plays onthe 2015 "Eldredge" Zygmuntowicz and a 1740 Carlo Antonio Testore cello. Her website is at: "http://www.allisoneldredge.instantencore.com