Sam Magill, cello
Cellist Samuel Magill has been a member of the Met Orchestra since 1991. Praised by the New York Times in 2010 for his "...unimpeachable reading" of the Poulenc Cello Sonata, he has had a rich and varied career as soloist and chamber musician. His first Naxos CD of the Vernon Duke Cello Concerto was hailed as "flat-out magnificent" by the American Record Guide, while The Strad wrote in 2010 of his world premier recording of Franco Alfano's Cello Sonata "...Magill's husky, dark timbre matches the Cello Sonata's yearning intensity to perfection." The CD was named one of the "Ten Best Recordings of 2009" by Gene Gaudette's blog www.synaphai.com. Sam has appeared as soloist throughout Japan and the US, including performances of the Schumann Concerto and Brahms Double Concerto in Tokyo's Suntory Hall and in Alice Tully Hall. Mr. Magill was born and raised in North Carolina and was educated at the Peabody Institute and Rice University. He was a member of both the Houston and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras and has taught at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.