Jerry Grossman, Principal Cello
Jerry Grossman has been the principal cellist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1986. He has appeared in recital, and with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States. His highly acclaimed New York debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was followed by the American premiere of Kurt Weill's 1920 Cello Sonata, leading to recording that work, as well as works by Dohnanyi, Prokofiev, Bartok, and Kodaly for Nonesuch Records. His recording of works for cello by Victor Herbert is available on New World Records. He has appeared as soloist in Carnegie Hall and on domestic and European tours with the Met Orchestra under James Levine playing Don Quixote by Richard Strauss. The performance has also been recorded for Deutsche Grammophon .
A long association with the Marlboro Music Festival, including numerous 'Music from Marlboro' tours and recordings, figures prominently in Mr. Grossman's chamber music experience. He is a former member of Orpheus and Speculum Musicae, and has also appeared as a guest artist with the Guarneri, Vermeer, and Emerson String Quartets. He was the founding cellist of both the Chicago String Quartet and the Chicago Chamber Musicians. Before assuming his position at the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Grossman was a member of the Chicago Symphony for two seasons and the New York Philharmonic for two seasons.
Mr. Grossman began his music studies in his native Cambridge, Massachusetts. His teachers there included Judith Davidoff, Joan Esch and Benjamin Zander. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied cello with David Soyer and chamber music with the other members of the Guarneri Quartet. Sandor Vegh and Harvey Shapiro were also important influences.
Mr. Grossman has held faculty positions at the Juilliard School, the State University of New York at Binghamton, and DePaul University in Chicago. He currently teaches at the Kneisel Hall Summer Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine.
A few quotes from the press:
"One constantly felt the presence of a musician who treasures these works [the Six Suites for Solo Cello of J.S. Bach], understands their secrets and communicates them with disarming honesty and expressive warmth. ---New York Magazine
"A consistently compelling and imaginative interpreter." ---NY Times
"...Utter spontaneity, deep commitment and infectious vitality." ---NY Times
"...originality, imagination and technical mastery" ---Boston Globe
"It is hard to imagine a more satisfying evening." ---NY Times
"...playing that truly warmed the heart." "...passion, power and rare exuberance." ---Washington Post
"Grossman is a virtuoso throughout...magnificent" ---Musical America