Caleb van der Swaagh — Cello
In his second season with the Birdfoot Chamber Music Festival, cellist Caleb van der Swaagh is an accomplished chamber musician and soloist. He is the recipient of the 2010 Tanglewood Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Prize and was a grant recipient from the Virtu Foundation and the Williams Foundation for the Arts. In addition to performing in such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Jordan Hall, and Miller Theater, Caleb has played in such nontraditional settings as Rockwood Music Hall and Dixon Place (New York City), and Yes Oui Si (Boston).
A committed chamber musician, Caleb has appeared at the Garth Newel Music Center and he has performed with the Borromeo String Quartet, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, and The Lighthouse Chamber Players. He was a member of the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival Tour and had appeared on “Young Artist Showcase” (WQXR). Caleb attended The Taos School of
Music, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. An advocate of contemporary music, Caleb has worked with such composers as Alvin Lucier and Philippe Manoury as well as premiering many works by composers of his own generation. He has performed with such contemporary music ensembles as The Callithumpian Consort, Qubit, and Either/Or, as well as with members of IRCAM. His interest in expanding the cello repertoire has led Caleb to make his own arrangements and transcriptions of compositions ranging from Renaissance viola da gamba music to jazz.
A native New Yorker, Caleb graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a degree in Classics and Medieval & Renaissance studies as a member of the Columbia– Juilliard joint program. Caleb received his masters with academic honors from New England Conservatory and later studied at Manhattan School of Music. His primary teachers are Bonnie Hampton, Bernard Greenhouse, Laurence Lesser, and David Geber, and he studied viola da gamba with Rosamund Morley. He plays on a cello made in 2006 by Michele Ashley in Boston.
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