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Alan Rafferty, Artistic Director

Alan Rafferty, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music cello faculty member, is rapidly gaining recognition as a preeminent musician and master teacher.  In demand as a clinician around the world, Mr. Rafferty has presented Master Classes at numerous schools including the Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University and Depaul University and has been a visiting faculty member for the Cleveland Institute of Music, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and makes yearly visits to work with the Fellows at the New World Symphony.  

As member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 2007, Mr. Rafferty made his solo debut with orchestra at the age of 16 and has been a featured soloist on numerous occasions since.  In November 2013, he gave the North American premiere of Victor Herbert’s first published work, the Suite for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 3 and performed Don Quixote with the CCM Orchestra and Mark Gibson in January of 2017.  He can be heard on recordings for Telarc, Sono Luminus, CR and for WGUC Radio Station.

Mr. Rafferty regularly collaborates as a chamber musician with the likes of Matt Haimovitz, Sandra Rivers, the Ariel Quartet, and members of the Cavani Quartet.  In the summers, Mr. Rafferty is on the faculty of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, VT and the Aria International Summer Academy.  Previous summer festivals have included Meadowmount, Madeline Island and the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing.  Each January, he goes to Brazil as a faculty member of the Festival de Music de Santa Catarina.

His students have played as soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony, Louisville Orchestra and Dayton Philharmonic and have been 1st prize winners in the MTNA National Solo Competition, Louisville Orchestra Competition, Cleveland Cello Society, Tennessee Cello Workshop and.  As Cello/Chamber Music Faculty for the Starling Program at CCM his groups have won the Junior Division Gold Medal of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition among others.

Mr. Rafferty holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Northwestern University.  His primary studies were with Hans Jorgen Jensen, Alan Harris, Merry Peckham, and Richard Weiss.  He and his wife, cellist Sarah Kim, were recently named the 2016 Ohio String Teachers Association Studio Teachers of the Year.  They are the founders and directors of the nationally recognized Cincinnati Young Artists which present Chamber Music and Cello Workshops throughout the year.