James Kreger, cello
Recipient of numerous honors, including the Piatigorsky Award and a top prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, James Kreger's New York Carnegie Hall debut was heralded by The New York Times as "a memorable event." Featured at major world music festivals such as the Casals, Mostly Mozart, Marlboro, Tanglewood, and Dubrovnik, he has collaborated with James Levine in chamber music at the Ravinia Festival and has been a guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Greatly influenced by his work with Pablo Casals and Gregor Piatigorsky, Kreger taught at Juilliard for nearly three decades and has released a number of recordings highlighted by two CD's of cello concerti with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. A published author, one of his most widely read articles is a tribute to Maestro Carlos Kleiber and his legendary relationship with his favorite orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.