Frederick Zlotkin

Evangeline Benedetti

Hannah Holman

Robert Reed

Tara Hanish

Louise Dubin
Sean Grissom
Barbara Stein Mallow
Sara Sant'Ambrogio
Jay Shulman
Mark Shuman
Jeffrey Solow
Alessandro Benetello
Stephanie Winters
Kate Dillingham

Pablo Casals*
Gregor Piatigorsky*
Mstislav Rostropovich*

Jeffrey Solow (2007-2017)
Joel Krosnick (2003-2007)
Zara Nelsova* (1992-2002)
Bernard Greenhouse* (1986-1992)
Stephen Kates* (1983-1986)
Claus Adam* (1975-1983)
Lillian Rehberg Goodman* (1972-1975)
Alan Shulman* (1967-1972)
Janos Scholz* (1962-1967)
Bernard Greenhouse* (1956-1961)


Monday, November 19th, at 7 pm
The Kosciuszko Foundation
15 East 65th Street, New York, NY, 10065

The Violoncello Society of New York is paying tribute to Leonard Rose, one of the most influential cellists of our century, on the occasion of the 100th year of his birth. His artistry and mastery live through the hundreds of cellists who studied with him at The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute and his recordings.

The tribute will feature Art Rose, Leonard Rose's son who will share his memories of growing up listening to Popper Etudes, rare film footage and audio recordings, including the rarely heard excerpts from his last recital, and a Q & A session moderated by Frederick Zlotkin.

You will be able to acquire a rare framed poster of the flyer announcing Rose's NY debut recital and possibly other memorabilia through a silent auction.

Come and enjoy this tribute. Meet others who knew him and studied with him. Enjoy your fellow cellists and lovers of the cello at a reception following the program.

This event is free for members. Guests may become a member at the door or pay a $20.00 entrance fee.

All are welcome.


October 19th (Friday) @ 8pm
WHISKEY GIRLS at The Way Station (683 Washington Ave, Brooklyn)

It's Whiskey Night at The Way Station! No cover, but pass-the-hat donation is encouraged. 21+ only.
FB event page
Whiskey Girls website

November 2nd (Friday) @ 6:30pm
CELLO DUO Groupmuse performance at Brooklyn Heights
(private home - address given to confirmed attendees)

Only a few spots are open for this private in-home (how chamber music was intended to be!) event - please let me know if you have an interest in attending! I'll be performing with a dear colleague and friend, Kirin McElwain. Repertoire will include several baroque-style duos and a contemporary Spanish suite by New York-based Mexican composer Samuel Zyman. $10+ recommended donation, BYOB, all ages welcome!
Groupmuse site

November 4th (Sunday) @ 3:30pm
CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL by Steve Bloom & Friends
at St. Michael's Recital Hall (225 W. 99th St in Manhattan)

Variety of chamber works, including new music for piano, voice, cello and flute by Steve Bloom, a cello solo work by Daniel Felsenfeld (of which I am part of a co-commission for!), and the ethereal Fratres for Cello and Piano by Arvo Pärt.
Tix: $10 directly from me / $15 online

Our original mission statement

The Violoncello Society, Inc. aims to promote the art of 'cello playing in this country, provide a common meeting ground for professional and amateur 'cellists, promote interest in the 'cello as a solo instrument, provide opportunity of performances for artist and composer, develop a broader and more mature understanding of the art of the 'cello, and further the members artistic development.

The Society is dedicated to fulfilling its goals by embracing the great tradition of cello playing and showcasing some of the finest exponents of the instrument. Cello playing has exploded in popularity in recent years due to its inclusion in all genres today. Our events reflect this genre as well as the tradition we all love. Meetings include recitals, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, tributes, and other events celebrating the cello. We are always seeking new works and forms of expression that are of interest to cello lovers everywhere. We also have "play-ins" simply for the joy and fun of making music together.

The society was formed in 1956, the same year the highly acclaimed cellist Mstislav Rostropovich made his New York debut and visited with the VCS Board. Since that time, the organization has hosted cellists such as Yo Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell and, most recently, Jean-Guihen Queras. Luminaries of the past include Gregor Piatgorsky, Janos Starker, Zara Nelsova as well as the Founders of the VCS.