Fred Sherry

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Cellist Fred Sherry has introduced audiences on five continents and all 50 United States to the music of our time through his close association with such composers as Babbitt, Berio, Carter, Davidovsky, Foss, Knussen, Lieberson, Mackey, Takemitsu, Wuorinen, and Zorn. In 2011 he premiered two concertos written for him: David Rakowski’s Talking Points, commissioned by The Orchestra of the League of Composers, and John Zorn’s A Rebours, commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center. He has been a member of the Group for Contemporary Music, Berio's Juilliard Ensemble, the Galimir String Quartet, and a close collaborator with jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea. He was a founding member of Speculum Musicae and Tashi. He is on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and The Juilliard School. In his extensive recording career, he has been soloist and "sideman" on hundreds of commercial and esoteric recordings; his longstanding collaboration with Robert Craft has produced recordings of major works by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Webern, and his eponymous string quartet received a 2010 Grammy nomination. Boosey & Hawkes recently released his book 25 Bach Duets from the Cantatas and it will be followed by a treatise on contemporary string techniques. Mr. Sherry has been an Artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1984 and was its artistic director from 1989 to 1992.