Praised as “passionate and elegant” by The New York Times, cellist Amy Sue Barston has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on stages all over the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Ravinia, Bargemusic, Caramoor, Haan Hall (Jerusalem), The Banff Centre (Canada), The International Musicians’ Seminar (England), The Power House (Australia), and Chicago’s Symphony Center. At age seventeen, she appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on live television, was the Grand Prize winner in the Society of American Musicians’ Competition, and won First Place and the Audience Prize in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.
Beginning at age three, Amy studied with Nell Novak at the Music Institute of Chicago, Eleonore Schoenfeld at USC, and Joel Krosnick at Juilliard, where she earned her Masters degree. She also worked with Yo Yo Ma, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Richard Aaron, Tim Eddy, David Geringas, and Pinchas Zukerman. Amy has performed as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, the Rockford Symphony, the USC Symphony, the Westchester Symphony, and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, among many others. She made her first solo appearance with orchestra in Guelph, Canada when she was twelve.
Amy is also Artistic Director of the Canandaigua Lake Music Festival in New York, and the cellist of The Corigliano Quartet, which has been hailed by Strad Magazine as having "abundant commitment and mastery," and whose recent Naxos CD was named one of the top recordings of the year by both the New Yorker and Gramophone Magazine. Amy has performed sonatas and chamber music with many of the world’s leading musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Jon Kimura Parker, Arnold Steinhardt, Bernard Greenhouse, Ani Kavafian, and Mark O’Connor. Amy is a devoted teacher, both at her home and at the Juilliard School, Pre-College Division; several of her students commute for lessons from hundreds of miles away, some from as far away as Alaska and Japan. Amy’s recent solo recital performances include Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, New York, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Baltimore, Rochester, Seattle, Chicago, and China. www.amybarston.com
Master Class with Swarthmore College instrumentalists: Friday, November 9 @ 4pm, Lang Concert Hall and Friday, April 5 @ 4pm, Lang Concert Hall
Performance with Swarthmore College Orchestra: Saturday, December 1 @ 8pm, Lang Concert Hall
Amy Barston and Ieva Jokubaviciute: Friday, March 29 @ 8pm, Lang Concert Hall