Cellist Sean Neidlinger enjoys an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, and teacher. After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Richard Aaron, he pursued further studies at New England Conservatory with Paul Katz. Sean has worked closely with members of the Cavani, Chicago, Cleveland, Guarneri, and Takács Quartets. Described as "fiery" and "impassioned" by the Washington Post, Sean's playing has received top prizes at several competitions, including the Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria Symphonies. He has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at the Korean, German, French, and Austrian embassies, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and Terrace Theatre, the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the Friday Morning Music Club orchestras. He also has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, and has served as principal cellist of the Amadeus, Winchester, McLean Orchestras, and the New Orchestra of Washington. Sean has toured Europe as a chamber musician and as a soloist for the world premiere of the Rodriguez Elegy and Rondo for cello and wind ensemble. Sean also recently embarked on a four-nation tour throughout the Caribbean on a program of cultural outreach sponsored by the United States Department of State. Sean is currently the Principal Cellist for the American Pops Orchestra, and the cellist of the IBIS Chamber Ensemble and the National Chamber Ensemble. As an artist intrigued by mixed disciplines, he also performs with the Chamber Dance Project and was awarded a grant to perform his multimedia project Audio Warhol at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
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A native of Columbia, SC, cellist, Kenneth Law, enjoys a diverse career as performer, teacher and author. He is a member of the Ritz Chamber Players (Jacksonville, FL), Main Street Chamber Players and Polaris Piano Trio. In addition to performances abroad as soloist and recitalist, his chamber music performances include appearances at the Arts Club of Washington, the German Embassy and the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jazz at Lincoln Center Concert Series, and Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Mr. Law has also performed in England, France, Scotland, Panama and Puerto Rico as a member of the Converse Trio. He has collaborated with such artists as Earl Carlyss (Juilliard String Quartet), Michael Tree (Guarneri Quartet), Ying String Quartet, Norman Carroll (Concertmaster Emeritus, Philadelphia Orchestra) and violinist Diane Monroe, and has recorded orchestral and chamber music for Albany Records, and the New Albion and Telarc labels. In March of 2006, Mr. Law was featured on the nationally televised NAACP Image Awards as a member of the Ritz Chamber Players. Mr. Law gave his first performance at the Piccolo Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston, SC, as a member of the Converse Trio in the spring of 2008; in the summers of 2009 and 2010 returned as a member of Ensemble Argos and in the Spring of 2017 as a member of the Polaris Piano Trio. In the summer of 2011 he performed as a member of the Charleston Baroque, and most recently as Director of Chamber Music and performer in the 2013 Colour of Music Festival, also in Charleston.
Mr. Law currently maintains a large private studio in Fairfax. His students have been accepted to the Eastman School of Music, Peabody and Oberlin Conservatories, Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University (Bloomington), Florida State University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Catholic University, University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and other respected schools of music throughout the southeast. Prior to his move to Fairfax, He served on the faculty of the Petrie School of Music at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. During his 15 years at the Petrie School, he served as Associate Professor of Violoncello, Chair of the Performance Department, Chair of the Music Curriculum Committee, and Assistant Dean. He is a past president of the South Carolina Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and is a recipient of the Studio Teacher of the Year Award from both the South Carolina (2010) and Virginia (2017) chapters of the American String Teachers Association.
Along with co-author Dr. Christina Placilla, the publication, We Are The Music Makers: Volume I: A Graded Guide to Chamber Music-String Quartets, was published in 2013, and is the first in a multi-volume set that will cover the myriad combinations of chamber music. The guide serves as a resource for chamber music coaches when needing to assign repertoire to an ensemble whose individual members are of varying levels of proficiency. The series is distributed through Ludwig Masters Publications, and may also be purchased through www.createspace.com.
Mr. Law received undergraduate and graduate degrees in performance from the Eastman School of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music where his primary teachers were Paul Katz and Alan Harris, and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied cello with Stephen Kates, and chamber music with Earl Carlyss. He was also a chamber music fellow at The Juilliard School. For several summers, Mr. Law was a participant in the Aspen Music Festival’s Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, and was coached by the Cleveland, American, Muir, Cavani, Orion and Emerson String Quartets. As a participant in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, he was coached by the Tokyo Quartet, Claude Frank, Aldo Parisot, Gyorgy Pauk, and Nobuko Imai. During the summer, Mr. Law has served on the faculties of the Summit Music Festival, Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, SC.
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