Ann Alton - Principal Cello
Cellist Ann Alton has performed as recitalist, orchestra soloist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Having started cello study at an early age with her mother, cellist Ardyth Alton, Ann attended the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School. She was awarded a full scholarship from the Juilliard School where she earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. She received her Doctorate of Music from the Manhattan School of Music as a fellowship recipient student of Bernard Greenhouse.
Formerly cellist with Concertium and principal cellist of the Valcour Chamber Orchestra, Ann is currently principal cellist of the Charlotte Symphony (FL) and cellist with the piano quartet “Chamber Accord”. She has recorded and toured with the flute, cello, guitar trio "Tritonis" and the Ace Trio.
Ann has won awards from the Harriet Hale Woolley Foundation, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Koussevitsky Foundation, the National Arts Club, and the National Music Teachers Association. She has given solo and chamber music concerts at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Salle Cortot, the Caramoor Festival, and other venues. Her performances have been broadcast on American and German Public Television and National Public Radio. Her recordings can be found on the Vox and Albany labels. High Performance Review called her an "exquisite performer", and the Albany Times Union described Ann as "an outstanding artist who plays with rounded tone and ideal phrasing.”