Recently appointed to the cello section of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for the 2018-2019 season, cellist Grace An was previously a member of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Florida Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony and Alabama Symphony. Ms. An spent four seasons as a cello fellow in the New World Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.
Performances have taken Ms. An across the world on renowned stages such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, the Sydney Opera House, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Ms. An's festival appearances include the Verbier Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, Castleton Festival, Banff Centre, Pacific Music Festival, and the Thy Chamber Music Festival. She has also performed at Fairchild's GardenMusic, Laguna Beach Music Festival, and Brooklyn BargeMusic. Ms. An has appeared as a soloist with the New World Symphony, Stanford Symphony Orchestra, and South Coast Symphony, and has been described as “sizzling with raw excitement and tonal beauty” (South Florida Classical Review). She has performed in masterclass with Yo-Yo Ma and collaborated in chamber music performances with distinguished artists Emanuel Ax, the St. Lawrence String Quartet and eighth blackbird. Ms. An has been heard on NPR’s What Makes It Great and Performance Today.
A passionate advocate for arts education and community engagement, Ms. An received teaching artist training at the Manhattan School of Music, where she served as the cello teacher at Promise Academy II in Harlem, NY and performed in schools across New York City. She was actively involved in New World Symphony’s education, community, and audience outreach programs in Miami and served as a mentor and coach for the Academia Filarmónica de Medellín in Colombia. She has also served as a coach for the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, and adjudicated for the National Youth Orchestra USA.
A native of Orange County, California, 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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