American cellist Allison Eldredge is a recipient of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant and Musical America’s “Young Artist of the Year” Award. At a young age, she began performing in the concert halls of North America, Europe, Israel, Latin America and the Far East, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, New York’s 92ndSt. Y, the Kennedy Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Royal Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam, Moscow Grand Hall and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.
Ms. Eldredge’ continued to gain recognition when she was invited by Pianist and Music Director, Daniel Barenboim, to perform the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Chicago Symphony by Music Director. This would be the first time Daniel Barenboim would perform the Elgar Cello Concerto since performing it with his wife, the late great cellist Jacqueline Du Pre, who brought the Elgar Concerto to fame. The Chicago Tribune heralded Allison Eldredge as “a musician of remarkable gifts” and the Chicago Tribune hailed her as “a cellist afraid of nothing.”
Other distinctions include a critically-acclaimed sold-out debut as soloist at Carnegie Hall, a special performance in tribute to cellist Pablo Casals at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, a guest invitation as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and a command performance at the White House.
In recital, Ms. Eldredge has toured the world’s capitals and music centers including London, New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, SanFrancisco, Chicago, Ravinia, Boston, Cleveland, Tokyo, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Amsterdam.
An advocate for living composers, Ms. Eldredge has toured the U.S. and Europe with composer Krzysztof Penderecki performing his Viola Concerto transcribed for cello and orchestra. In 2013, she performed his Concerto Grosso No. 1 for 3 Cellos as first cellist with the composer at the podium in Poland. Strad Magazine wrote about “Eldredge’s..high-voltage perfomance” in New York celebrating American composer Paul Schoenfield’s works with the composer. She has collaborated with composers Leon Kirchner, Shigeaki Saegusa, Lukas Foss, Marc O’ Connor, Andy Vores and performed the works of many other living composers including Joan Tower, Bright Sheng, George Crumb and Ellen Taafe Zwillich.
Ms. Eldredge has been the featured soloist of orchestral tours throughout Great Britain with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and has made four tours of Israel with the Haifa Symphony. She toured Russia for performances with the Moscow Virtuosi and Vladimir Spivakov, which culminated in a nationally televised gala concert, at the Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall.
In North America, she has been invited as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Pops, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Westchester Philharmonic and the New World, Pacific, Milwaukee, Utah, Vermont, Pasadena, San Diego, Miami, Indianapolis, Peoria and El Paso Symphonies among many others. She has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Krzysztof Penderecki, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Hans Vonk, Lukas Foss, Sergiu Commissiona, Joseph Silverstein, Keith Lockhart, JoAnn Falletta, Stanislaw Skrowacewski, Eiji Oue, Jorge Mester, Mark Elder, Otto-Werner Mueller, David Afkham and Jaap van Sweden.
In Europe, she has appeared with the Berlin Symphonie, the Netherlands Symphony, the Residentie Orkest in the Hague, the Hague Philharmonic, the Milan Symphony, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Enschede Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Royal Flanders Philharmonic and the Polish Radio Symphony. She has toured every music capital of Eastern Europe with the Moscow Virtuosi, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Ukraine State Symphony.
In Asia, she has appeared with the China National Symphony, Yomiuri Symphony, Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic and the Tokyo Philharmonic.
Allison Eldredge’s discography includes 7 solo albums. Following her release of Saint-Saens and Lalo Concerti with the Royal Philharmonic and conductor Hans Vonk, American Record Guide wrote, “ Hers is virtuosity wholly at the service of the music.” In 2010, she released a “live”’ performance of Haydn C major Cello Concerto for Arizona University Records. Earlier releases include the Elgar Concerto on Denon Essentials, a self-titled album of pieces for cello and piano for Canyon Classics and an album of romantic works by Chopin and Faure.
The release of her first classical-pop album “If I Loved You” on Denon Records brought her critical acclaim. Her album “Romantic Duets” with Dallas Symphony Music Director and violinist, Jaap Van Sweden is an album of beloved opera arias is available on BMG. Ms. Eldredge’s other recordings can be heard on Denon Records and Pony Canyon Classics.
In the capacity of Artistic Director, Allison Eldredge Founded the Foulger International Music Festival (FIMF) in New Jersey in 2011, sponsored by the Sid and Mary Foulger Family Foundation. At FIMF, talented young musicians came to study with renowned Master Artists and to perform with the Master Artists at Lincoln Center and in New Jersey with Master Artists. From 2005-2011, she was Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival.
Ms. Eldredge has visited schools and music programs around the country each year to promote music education, a passion which has taken her into more than a hundred school programs. She has served on the faculty of Harvard University from 2008-2011 and is currently on the cello faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Continuing Education. She has private studios in Boston and in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Ever passionate about chamber music, Ms. Eldredge continues to share the stage with renowned Artists such as Andre Previn, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Marc ‘O Connor, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Chee-Yun, Max Levinson and many others. She was a member of the ensemble the Boston Trio from 2001-2011. She has been a frequent guest artist of Bay Chamber Music Festival, the San Juan Chamber Music Festival, Ravinia, Casals, Caramoor, Santa Fe, Rockport Chamber, Salt Bay, Waterloo, Colmar Festival (France), Davos Festival (Switzerland), Dvorak Festival in Prague, Johanessen International Festival in Victoria, BC, the Killington Music Festival and Rutger’s Summerfest in New Jersey.
Ms. Eldredge’s radio and television credits include appearances on New York’s WQXR, Boston’s WGBH, Japan’s NHK-National Television and Radio, ABC’s Good Morning America and a documentary in which she appeared with Isaac Stern and Yo-Yo Ma for Japanese television. Her commitment to the arts in Vermont have made her a frequent live performer on Vermont’s Public Radio (VPR). ??Ms. Eldredge lives in Boston with her husband, Pianist Max Levinson and their two daughters. She currently serves on the faculty the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. She has also served on the faculty of Harvard University Music Department between 2008-2012.