September 27, 2013

NEC Announces the Appointment of Violist Maria Lambros to the Faculty

Outstanding Chamber Musician Comes to Conservatory in September 2014

Boston Symphony Violist Cathy Basrak Also Joins Faculty, Teaching Orchestral Repertory

New England Conservatory is delighted to announce the appointment of violist Maria Lambros to the strings faculty. Lambros, a passionate chamber musician and teacher, will teach studio lessons and coach chamber music beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.

The Conservatory also announces the engagement of Boston Symphony Orchestra violist Cathy Basrak to the faculty where she will teach the orchestral repertory class for student violists.

Lambros has performed as a chamber musician throughout the world. As a member of three of the country's finest string quartets, she has played in venues such as the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress. She was a member of the renowned Ridge String Quartet, which was nominated for the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance for their recording of the Dvorak Piano Quintets with pianist Rudolf Firkusny. The recording won Europe's prestigious Diapason d'Or in the same year. She was also a founding member of the 1985 Naumburg Award–winning Meliora String Quartet, which was Quartet-in-Residence at the Spoleto Festivals of the U.S., Italy, and Australia, and which recorded Mendelssohn's Octet with the Cleveland Quartet. She was most recently a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and is currently the violist with the New York based chamber ensemble La Fenice.

Lambros appears regularly at a number of major chamber music festivals, including Yellow Barn, Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival (a 20-year affiliation that also involves membership on the Advisory Panel), Aspen, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, La Jolla, Caramoor, Vancouver, Norfolk, Skaneateles, Chamber Music West, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, and New York's Mostly Mozart Festival.

A sought after collaborator, she has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Peabody Trio, and the Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, Muir, Brentano, Borromeo, Colorado, and Orion Quartets, among others, and has performed with many distinguished artists including Leon Fleisher, Jan De Gaetani, Walter Trampler, Paula Robison, Pamela Frank, Joshua Bell, and Steven Isserlis.

Lambros has been involved in commissioning new works and has had many works written especially for her, including a Viola Concerto, three Viola Sonatas and numerous pieces for viola in combination with other instruments. She has an avid interest in period instruments, and has performed and recorded with Context of Houston and appeared as a guest with Musica Rara Baltimore. She has recorded for the RCA. Telarc, CRI, BMG, Ecoclassics and Bridge labels.

A native of Missoula, Montana, Lambros is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with the Performer's Certificate and holds an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. She was named one of "Montana's Leading Artists and Entertainers of the 20th Century," a millennial list highlighting the last 100 years of Montanans' exceptional contributions to art and culture. In addition to her work at NEC, Lambros is a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and has been a member of the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival faculty for the past 14 years.

Photo of Maria Lambros by Carol Shulman

For further information, check the NEC Website.

A cultural icon approaching its 150th anniversary in 2017, New England Conservatory (NEC) is recognized worldwide as a leader among music schools. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, on the Avenue of the Arts in the Fenway Cultural District, NEC offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. NEC alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC-trained musicians and faculty.

NEC is the oldest independent school of music in the United States. Founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee, an American music educator, choral conductor and organist, its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, NEC features training in classical, jazz, and Contemporary Improvisation. Graduate and post-graduate programs supplement these core disciplines with orchestral conducting and professional chamber music training. Additional programs, such as the Sistema Fellows, a professional training program for top postgraduate musicians and music educators that creates careers connected to music, youth, and social change, and Entrepreneurial Musicianship, a cutting-edge program integrating professional and personal skills development into the musical training of students to better develop the skills and knowledge needed to create one’s own musical opportunities, also enhance the NEC experience.

Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Programs and Partnerships Program, the Conservatory provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, and adults. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music, jazz, and Contemporary Improvisation. Currently more than 750 young artists from 46 states and 39 foreign countries attend NEC on the college level; 1,400 young students attend on the Preparatory level; and 325 adults participate in the Continuing Education program.

The only conservatory in the United States designated a National Historic Landmark, NEC presents more than 900 free concerts each year. Many of these take place in Jordan Hall (which shares National Historic Landmark status with the school), world-renowned for its superb acoustics and beautifully restored interior. In addition to Jordan Hall, more than a dozen performance spaces of various sizes and configurations are utilized to meet the requirements of the unique range of music performed at NEC, from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to big band jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, and opera scenes. Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre or Paramount Center in Boston, and a semi-staged performance in Jordan Hall. This past 2012-2013 season, the operas produced were Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, and Rossini’s La Gazzetta.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

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New England Conservatory
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