Valade Fellow, Instructor of Cello, Interlochen Arts Camp
Faculty, Interlochen Cello Institute
Professor of Cello, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Hartt School of Music; soloist, chamber musician and former cellist, Lark Quartet
M.M., Cello Performance, Juilliard School; B.M., Cello Performance, Julliard School
Cellist Astrid Schween is an internationally recognized soloist and chamber artist. She has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, recorded numerous CDs, and received the profession’s highest honors as a member of the Lark Quartet, including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and Gold Medal at Russia’s Shostakovich Competition. She received her degrees from the Juilliard School, participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and studied in London with Jacqueline Du Pré. She made her debut as soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta. Other teachers include Leonard Rose, Harvey Shapiro, Bernard Greenhouse and Dr. H.T. Ma. She serves as cello professor at the University of Massachusetts, The Hartt School of Music, Mount Holyoke College and Valade Faculty Fellow at Interlochen. A frequent guest artist with the Boston and Memphis Chamber Music Societies, she recently joined the celebrated Boston Trio, an ensemble-in-residence at the New England Conservatory. Next season, she will perform the Elgar Concerto in 70th anniversary tributes to her mentor Jacqueline Du Pré. She is represented by Rile-Gallant Artists.