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  • Maureen McDermott

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    Maureen McDermott

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    Hailed by the press as "a musician of commitment and energy....with brilliance of technique and masterful interpretations" , Maureen McDermott sustains an active career as soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher.   A native of New York, she has performed in France, Taiwan, Brazil, Italy, Mexico,Curacao, Germany, St. Bartholemy and throughout the U.S. and Canada. Concerts in the U.S. have included chamber music performances at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall’s "Great Performers Series", Barge Music, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, a debut at the 92nd St Y, the Kennedy Center and the Van Cliburn Foundation in Texas.   An active chamber music performer, Ms. McDermott is a member of the McDermott Trio (with sisters Anne-Marie and Kerry) and a founding member of the cello quartet "CELLO". Ms. McDermott is a founding member of the Lighthouse Chamber Players, a group that performs throughout Cape Cod every summer. The highlight of several summers was an annual collaboration with Bernard Greenhouse.   As a chamber music performer Ms. McDermott has collaborated with artists Bernard Greenhouse, Paul Neubauer, Ida Kavafian, Ani Kavafian, Steven Tenebaum, Wu Han, Christan Bor, Nai Yan Hu, Fred Sherry, Bella Hristova, Laurence Glazener, Susannah Philips, Robert White as well as many other artists.   Ms.McDermott has participated in numerous music festivals including the Newport Music Festival, Bravo! Colorado, Mainly Mozart, Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival, Park City International Music Festival, Art in Avila (Curacao), Les Recontres Internationales d’Ensembles Violoncelles, Caramoor and Chautauqua.   As an orchestral musician,Ms.McDermott performs often with the N.Y. Philharmonic, and has performed with the American Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, St. Luke’s Orchestra, St. Cecilia Orchestra as well as other orchestra in NYC.   Media appearances include featured performances in the movie "FAME", CBS Sunday Morning, the Fox Television Network, an AT&T commercial (broadcast internationally) and in featured articles in TIME and W magazines. She has recorded on the SONY Classical, Angel, d’Note classics, BMG and Pro Arte labels. Ms.McDermott is also an active recording artist in film scores including movies such as “True Grit”, “Noah”, “The Good Shephard” ,”Hail Caesar” , “Doubt” and many more. She has recorded for Broadway show soundtracks including Sondheim’s “Passion” and “King David”.Ms.McDermott has performed with Sting at the Apollo Theater and on the TODAY show, in the Red Blood Orchestra with Peter Gabriel on David Letterman and with Michael Buble on Saturday Night Live.   As a cello teacher, Ms.McDermott has taught at numerous summer festivals including Berkshire Summer Music, Academia Perosi ( In Italy-2013 ),Music at Port Milford ( Canada ), School for Strings Chamber Music Festival, Elizabeth Morrow Summer String Festival. Her students have performed in outreach concerts for Concerts in Motion and across NYC as well as in Cape Cod. Ms.McDermott’s  students have continued their studies at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman, Oberlin and San Francisco Conservatory.   Ms. McDermott received her B.Mus at Manhattan School of Music and M.Mus from SUNY at Stonybrook as a student of Bernard Greenhouse, David Wells and Martha Williams. She completed Suzuki certification at the School for Strings in N.Y.   Ms. McDermott is on the cello faculty at Mannes Prep, the School for Strings in New York, and an Artist Teacher at the Third Street Music School Settlement.  She has given master classes in São Paulo, Brazil, Italy and across the U.S.  

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