ABOUT

Mission Statement

The Violoncello Society aims to promote the art of cello playing in the United States, 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 Violoncello 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, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Philippe Muller, and Miklós Perényi. Luminaries of the past include Gregor Piatigorsky, Jacqueline du Pré, Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, and Zara Nelsova as well as the Founders of the VCS.

PRESIDENT

Kate Dillingham

VICE PRESIDENT

Robert Reed

TREASURER

Mark Shuman

 

SECRETARY

Sean Grissom

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Evangeline Benedetti

Alessandro Benetello

Hannah Holman

Sara Sant'Ambrogio

Patricia Santos

Inbal Segev

Jay Shulman

Jeffrey Solow

Jeffrey Zeigler

HONORARY PAST PRESIDENTS

Pablo Casals*

Gregor Piatigorsky*

Mstislav Rostropovich*

PAST PRESIDENTS

Evangeline Benedetti (2019-2020)

Frederick Zlotkin (2017-2019)

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)

* Deceased

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Violoncello Society of NY

P.O. Box 231588, New York, NY 10023

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