Heralded as a musician of remarkable gifts by the Chicago Tribune,
Allison Eldredge has captivated audiences throughout the world with her
deeply communicative tone and commanding technique.
On the occasion of her Carnegie Hall debut with Krzysztof Penderecki and
the Warsaw Sinfonia, the New York Times hailed Ms. Eldredge as an
impassioned and focused soloist. An Avery Fisher Career Grant
recipient, she has been performing in the foremost music centers of the
United States, Europe, the Far East, and Latin America since childhood.
Ms. Eldredge has performed as soloist with many of the worlds great
orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra,
Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Saint
Paul Chamber Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Boston Pops, New World
Symphony, Utah Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Royal
Philharmonic, China National Symphony and the Royal Scottish National
Orchestra. She has performed with such distinguished conductors as
Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Charles Dutoit, Leonard
Slatkin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Hans Vonk, Sergiu
Commissiona and Keith Lockhart.
Ms. Eldredge has been the featured soloist in numerous orchestral tours
including a North American and European tour with the Warsaw Sinfonia
under Krzysztof Penderecki; a tour of England with the Academy of St.
Martin-in-the-Fields, including a concert in London at Queen Elizabeth
Hall; and four tours of Israel with the Haifa Symphony. Of special
interest was her travel to Russia for performances with the Moscow
Virtuosi and Vladimir Spivakov, which culminated in a nationally
televised gala concert, at the Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall. In
America, her performances have included a special concert in tribute to
cellist Pablo Casals at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico.
Highlights of her 2006/2007 season include a recital at Weill Recital
Hall at Carnegie Hall with pianist Max Levinson in January, 2007, in
addition to concerto performances, recitals and chamber music
appearances throughout North America. Her chamber music performances
include a recital on the Indian Hill Chamber Music Series, a concert to
benefit the Andover Chamber Music Festival, and performances with the
Boston Trio for LHermitage Foundation and at UCLA. The Boston Trio will
perform the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Boston Classical
Orchestra in November 2006. Highlights of recent seasons include seven
recital tours of Japan, solo appearances with the Zurich Chamber
Orchestra, a European tour with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano,
engagements with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony and the
Pacific Symphony, and performances of the Brahms Double Concerto with
violinist Vladikmir Spivakov and the Hague Philharmonic.
Ms. Eldredges most recent recordings include two CDs on the Denon
label: Music by Chopin and Fauré, and If I Loved You, arrangements of
Broadway and film music for cello and piano, which were hailed by
Fanfare Magazine as passionate, illuminating and always enchanting.
Her other recordings include concertos by Lalo and Saint-Saëns with the
Royal Philharmonic and Hans Vonk (Pony Canyon Classics); a recital disc
with pianist Yoshie Akimoto (Pony Canyon Classics); and, Romantic
Duet, an album of celebrated opera duets transcribed for violin, cello,
and orchestra (BMG).
Ms. Eldredges radio and television credits include appearances on New
Yorks WQXR, Bostons WGBH, Japans NHK-National Television and Radio,
ABCs Good Morning America and a performing arts documentary in which
she appeared with Isaac Stern and Yo-Yo Ma for Japanese television. She
also has the distinction of being invited to play at the White House.
Sought after as a chamber musician, she has shared the stage with
numerous acclaimed artists, such as Andre Previn, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma,
and Gil Shaham, and is the Artistic Director of the Killington Music
Festival. Her festival appearances include the Ravinia, Caramoor,
Casals, Santa Fe and Waterloo Festivals, the Colmar Festival in France,
the Davos Festival in Switzerland, the Dvorak Festival in Prague, and
the Johanessen International Festival in Victoria, BC. Her festival
appearances for the summer of 2006 included the Rockport Chamber Music
Series, Killington Music Festival, Salt Bay Chamberfest, Stockbridge
Chamber Concerts and the San Juan Chamber Music Festival. She
frequently performs with The Boston Trio at the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences and the New England Conservatory, where the Trio serves as
the Ensemble in Residence.
Born in New York City, Ms. Eldredge began her musical training on the
piano at age three with her mother, concert pianist Yoshie Akimoto, and
made her first public appearance at age six. At nine she switched to
the cello and won her first competition within six months. Her teachers
have included Harvey Shapiro and Felix Galimir at The Juilliard School,
as well as Mstislav Rostropovich, Eleanore Schoenfeld and Joan Lunde.
She is now living in the Boston area with her husband, pianist Max
Levinson, and their daughters Natalie and Jessica Ann. Ms. Eldredge
serves on the faculty at the New England Conservatory.
When taking a break from her musical activities, Ms. Eldredge enjoys
cooking, scuba diving, horseback riding, and gardening.
Eldredge, a young power who has been hailed as a genius by Yo-Yo Ma,
at her young age. Not only does she display her exquisitly beautiful tone
and her effortless finger work technique, she has the sense for making music
sing and feel deeply. At the same time she is magnificently focused. A great
future is expected.
No power on Earth could dilute the passion of her playing.
Salt Lake Tribune