Alan Black Artist Associate in Cello and Chamber Music
- M.M. Indiana University
- B.M. University of California, Los Angeles
Areas of Expertise
- Chamber Music, Cello Instruction
My performance experience covers the complete spectrum of music; from classical music including chamber music, solo recitals, and concertos with the Charlotte Symphony, to appearing on stage as a soloist and chamber musician with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Bobby McFerrin, Van Cliburn Gold Medal pianist Jon Nakamatsu, and fiddler Mark O'Connor. I've performed all over the southeast, including Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, and the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Abroad, I've performed recitals and concerts in Europe with violinist Liviu Prunaru, Concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and recording artist and pianist Dana Protopopescu, on the faculty of the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles in Brussels. For two years, I coached and performed with Liviu and Dana in the Corso Internazionale di Musica da Camera in Tuscania, Italy. I also traveled to Belgium to play a four recital tour with Dana.
I've been actively involved in many highly successful musical projects in North Carolina: founding the Chamber Music at St. Peter's, and a very successful summer Teen Chamber Music Workshop that now resides at Christ Episcopal Church. I also coach and perform in the Chapel Hill Chamber Music Workshop for Adults, and previously conducted and coached the orchestra for the Charlotte Community School of the Arts Band and Orchestra Camp.
I assisted Fritz Magg while obtaining my Masters. Other teachers include former Principal Cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Ronald Leonard, Jeffrey Solow, Gary Hoffman, and most recently, David Hardy, Principal Cellist of the National Symphony in Washington D.C. As a student, I also appeared in masterclasses with such notable musicians as Leonard Bernstein, James Buswell, Bernard Greenhouse, and Janos Starker.
I perform on a 1995 Moes & Moes cello, originally built for and owned by Yo-Yo Ma.