Char Prescott is a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral cellist from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. She received her Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Alan Stepansky, and completed her undergraduate education at Northwestern University with Hans Jensen. She is also a graduate of the National Symphony Orchestra Fellowship Program, studying with Rachel Young. Char currently serves as Principal cellist of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra, with whom she performs at the White House, the State Department, the Capitol, and other prestigious venues. She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in many of DC’s prominent classical music venues, including the John F. Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and Millennium Stage, the Phillips Collection, the Evermay in Georgetown, and at the Japanese Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. for the Washington Performing Arts Society. Char has also appeared as a solo artist at the World Trade Center September 11th Memorial; and with the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, the Reston Chamber Symphony, and the Barry Studio Orchestra. She is also in high demand as a guest artist at music festivals in the United States, Canada, Spain, and Germany.
Char’s awards include the S&R Foundation’s Washington Award Grand Prize; the President’s Award from Manhattan School of Music; the Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Award from the Tanglewood Music Center; Third Prize and the Vincent R. Bastien Cello Scholarship Award from the WAMSO Young Artists Competition; and the Lena and Jules P. Flock prize at the Klein International String Competition. She was also a scholarship recipient at Pinchas Zukerman’s Young Artists’ Programme in Ottawa, CN.
Ms. Prescott has been principal cellist of orchestras at the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Manhattan School of Music, and Northwestern University and has performed with the New York String Seminar Orchestra at Carnegie Hall under Jamie Laredo. Char has also appeared as Principal cellist of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio on many occasions. As a guest artist, she has enjoyed performances with the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra and the 21st Century Consort. Ms. Prescott has performed with string quartets all over the United States, Canada, and Germany including a recent performance with the American String Quartet in New York City.
In addition to her classical performing career, Ms. Prescott is the cellist of Mason Jar Music, through whom she has collaborated with popular artists such as Feist at Radio City Music Hall, Andrew Bird at the Covenant Fine Arts Center, and national tours with Josh Garrels. She has also performed live with artists like Josh Groban and has toured the US with the band Ra Ra Riot on electric cello.
Char currently performs on a Eugenio Praga cello, made in 1879, graciously on loan to her from the S&R Foundation.