Allison Eldredge, cello

Allison Eldredge, cellist; photo by Lisa Mazzucco Heralded as “a musician of remarkable gifts” by the Chicago Tribune, Allison Eldredge has captivated audiences throughout the world with her deeply communicative tone and commanding technique.
 
On the occasion of her Carnegie Hall debut with Krzysztof Penderecki and the Warsaw Sinfonia, the New York Times hailed Ms. Eldredge as “an impassioned and focused soloist”. An Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, she has been performing in the foremost music centers of the United States, Europe, the Far East, and Latin America since childhood. Ms. Eldredge has performed as soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Boston Pops, New World Symphony, Utah Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, China National Symphony and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. She has performed with such distinguished conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Hans Vonk, Sergiu Commissiona, and Keith Lockhart.
 
Ms. Eldredge has been the featured soloist in numerous orchestral tours including a North American and European tour with the Warsaw Sinfonia under Krzysztof Penderecki; a tour of England with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, including a concert in London at Queen Elizabeth Hall; and four tours of Israel with the Haifa Symphony. Of special interest was her travel to Russia for performances with the Moscow Virtuosi and Vladimir Spivakov, which culminated in a nationally televised gala concert, at the Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall. In America, her performances have included a special concert in tribute to cellist Pablo Casals at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico.
 
Ms. Eldredge’s most recent recordings include two CD’s on the Denon label: Music by Chopin and Fauré, and “If I Loved You”, arrangements of Broadway and film music for cello and piano, which were hailed by Fanfare Magazine as “passionate, illuminating and always enchanting”. Her other recordings include concertos by Lalo and Saint-Saëns with the Royal Philharmonic and Hans Vonk (Pony Canyon Classics); a recital disc with pianist Yoshie Akimoto (Pony Canyon Classics); and, “Romantic Duet”, an album of celebrated opera duets transcribed for violin, cello, and orchestra (BMG).
 
Ms. Eldredge’s radio and television credits include appearances on New York’s WQXR, Boston’s WGBH, Japan’s NHK-Radio, ABC’s Good Morning America and a performing arts documentary in which she appeared with Isaac Stern and Yo-Yo Ma for Japanese television. She also has the distinction of being invited to play at the White House.
 
Sought after as a chamber musician, she has shared the stage with numerous acclaimed artists, such as Andre Previn, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gil Shaham. Her festival appearances include the Ravinia, Caramoor, Casals, Santa Fe, and Waterloo Festivals, the Colmar Festival in France, the Davos Festival in Switzerland, the Dvorak Festival in Prague, and the Johanessen International Festival in Victoria, BC.
 
In 2011, Allison Eldredge founded the Foulger International Music Festival, and serves as its Artistic Director. The Festival brings together world-class artists and young aspiring musicians, and presents concerts in New York's Lincoln Center and Enlow Hall in Union, New Jersey. Previously, Ms. Eldredge served as Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival for 6 seasons.
 
Born in New York City, Ms. Eldredge began her musical training on the piano at age three with her mother, concert pianist Yoshie Akimoto, and made her first public appearance at age six. At nine she switched to the cello and won her first competition within six months. Her teachers have included Harvey Shapiro and Felix Galimir at The Juilliard School, as well as Mstislav Rostropovich, Eleanore Schoenfeld and Joan Lunde. Now living in the Boston area with her husband, pianist Max Levinson, and their daughters Natalie and Jessica. Ms. Eldredge serves on the faculty at the New England Conservatory.
 
When taking a break from her musical activities, Ms. Eldredge enjoys cooking, scuba diving, horseback riding, and gardening.
 
Allison Eldridge was raised in Fairfield County Connecticut and the 1986 winner of the GBS Young Instrumentalist Competition and performed 5 times with GBS with Maestro Gustav Meier.

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