Robert La Rue
Robert La Rue was selected first-prize winner by Mstislav Rostropovitch at the National Society of Arts and Letters Cello Competition. Formerly the cellist of the New England String Quartet, he has appeared at Alice Tully, Merkin, and Weill Halls, Columbia University's Miller Theater, and the Bargemusic series in New York, at Jordan Hall and the Harvard Musical Association in Boston, at Princeton's Richardson Auditorium, and on concert series at Bard, Middlebury, Bennington colleges. Internationally, he has been heard at the Evian Festival in France, at Canada's Banff Festival, the Frideriksdal Slotskonzerter series in Denmark, and the Listasafn Sigurjons Olafssonar Concerts in Reykjavik, Iceland (sponsored by the U.S. Embassy). As soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Banff Festival Orchestra, and others, he has given first performances of concerti by composers Daron Hagen and Su Lian Tan, and has championed such works as Meyer Kupferman's Concerto for Cello and Jazz Band.
Mr. La Rue is a member of the New York City Opera Orchestra and also plays frequently in the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. In addition to serving as Music Director of Arion Chamber Music, he has appeared regularly with the Phoenix Chamber Players in their series of concerts at the Center for Jewish History's Leo Baeck Institute in Manhattan, and is also an active member of VC3, a three-cello ensemble. He has served as visiting faculty at Yale University's Summer Music School in Norfolk, Connecticut, and has also taught cello at Rutgers University. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School, Robert also attended Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. His teachers included Bernard Greenhouse, Laurence Lesser, Aldo Parisot, David Soyer, Janos Starker, and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.