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Alan Stepansky, Master Class and Tech Class

Alan Stepansky is recognized as one of the most gifted and versatile cellists of his generation.  After a distinguished orchestral career playing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, serving as Principal Cellist of the Boston Pops, and culminating in a ten-year tenure as Associate Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic, he is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, principal cellist, and recording artist.  He is currently Professor of Cello and Chair of the Strings Department at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.  A guest at many summer festivals, he is cello faculty artist of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.  

He has performed as a guest artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has appeared in concert with a diverse array of artists including the Takacs and American String Quartets.  He has recorded a series of chamber music and solo discs for EMI, which were honored by Gramophone Magazine, BBC Magazine, the New York Times, and the British Music Industry Association, and has been engaged as the solo cellist for well over 50 major motion picture and television soundtracks.  He has also appeared on the albums of many noted recording artists across many genres, including Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Merchant, David Byrne, Audra McDonald, Joss Stone, Lou Reed, David Bowie, and Sting, with whom he has also appeared in concert. He was recently featured as principal and solo cellist in the Bruce Springsteen concert film Western Stars. 

Recently, he served as the Principal Cellist for five major fund-raising events held in Carnegie Hall, Beethoven’s Ninth for South Asia, Requiem for Darfur, Mahler for the Children of AIDS, Beethoven for the Indus Valley, and Shostakovich for the Children of Syria, which featured an international orchestra drawn from leading symphonic, chamber music, and solo artists from around the world.  He has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Pops, and appeared frequently as Guest Principal Cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.  After studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and the University of Pennsylvania, he graduated from Harvard University with the Horblit Prize, conferred for his outstanding musical accomplishments. Alan Stepansky’s students have won solo and section positions in numerous orchestras around the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Indianapolis Symphony, Colorado Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, Beijing Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valencia, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic among others, and have successful careers as soloists, chamber musicians, and teachers.