Cellist Grace An recently completed a four year fellowship with the New World Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. Since then, she has become a new member of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and has performed with the Dallas Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, and San Antonio Symphony. Performances have taken her across the world on the renowned stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, the Sydney Opera House, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, as well as a recent chamber music tour of Europe with Lincoln Center Stage. She has collaborated with many of the greatest conductors of our time including Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Manfred Honeck, Jaap Van Sweden, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Stéphane Denève. Ms. An's festival appearances include the Verbier Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Castleton Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Banff Centre for the Arts, Pacific Music Festival, and the Thy Chamber Music Festival. She has also performed at Fairchild's GardenMusic, International Festival of Music of Medellín, Colombia, Laguna Beach Music Festival, Nice Festival Academy, Santo Domingo Music Festival, Brooklyn BargeMusic, and Mendocino Music Festival Emerging Artist Series. Ms. An has appeared as a soloist with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, South Coast Symphony, and the New World Symphony, in performances described as “sizzling with raw excitement and tonal beauty.” (South Florida Classical Review) She has collaborated in chamber music performances with distinguished artists such as the St. Lawrence String Quartet and eighth blackbird. In a recent performance of the Brahms C minor Piano Quartet with Emanuel Ax, Ms. An's playing was hailed by the Miami Herald as "luminous and lustrous."
A passionate advocate for arts education and community engagement, Ms. An has received teaching artist training at the Manhattan School of Music, serving as the cello teacher at Promise Academy II in Harlem, NY and performing in schools across New York City. She was actively involved in New World Symphony’s community, education, and audience outreach programs in Miami. She served as a mentor in New World’s exchange program with the Academia Filarmónica de Medellín in Colombia, where she presented several chamber music recitals, taught masterclasses, and coached the youth orchestra string section.
Ms. An began her musical training at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, and completed degrees at Stanford University, Eastman School of Music, and Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers include Alan Stepansky, Alan Harris, Stephen Harrison, and Richard Naill. Ms. An performs on rare French cello by Nicolas Darche, dated 1841.
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