Fred Sherry

Cello (College) Contemporary Performance

A pioneer and a visionary in the music world, cellist Fred Sherry has introduced audiences on five continents and all fifty United States to the music of our time for over five decades. He was a founding member of TASHI and Speculum Musicae, a member of the Group for Contemporary Music, Luciano Berio’s Juilliard Ensemble, and the Galimir String Quartet. Mr. Sherry has been a close collaborator with jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea, and was Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Elliott Carter, Mario Davidovsky, Steve Mackey, David Rakowski, Somei Satoh, Charles Wuorinen and John Zorn have written concertos for Mr. Sherry which he has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Municipal Orchestra of Buenos Aires, BBC Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, New World Symphony, and RAI Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale. He has premiered solo and chamber works dedicated to him by Milton Babbitt, Derek Bermel, Jason Eckardt, Lukas Foss, Oliver Knussen, Peter Lieberson, Donald Martino and Toru Takemitsu among others, and has appeared at Festivals including Aldeburgh, Casals, Tanglewood, Spoleto, Toru Takemitsu’s Music Today, Chamber Music Northwest, Ravinia, and Mostly Mozart.

A soloist and “sideman” on hundreds of commercial and esoteric recordings for RCA, Columbia, Vanguard, CRI, Delos, Naxos, Tzadik and others, his discography of classic and modern repertoire includes the Fred Sherry String Quartet recordings of the Schoenberg String Quartet Concerto and the String Quartets Nos. 3 and 4, both nominated for a Grammy.

Mr. Sherry created the series “Bach Cantata Sundays” at St. Ann’s Church and conceived and directed the acclaimed “Arnold Schoenberg: Conservative Radical” series at Merkin Concert Hall. He was the creator and director of “A Great Day in New York,” the groundbreaking festival featuring 52 living composers presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Merkin Concert Hall.

He is the Director of the Contemporary Performance Institute at the Composers Conference and has served on international juries including the Premio Paolo Borciani String Quartet Competition in Italy, OSM Standard Life Competition in Montreal and Young Concert Artists and Concert Artists Guild in New York.

Fred Sherry’s book 25 Bach Duets from the Cantatas was published by Boosey & Hawkes in 2011. In 2018 C.F. Peters released his treatise on contemporary string playing, A Grand Tour of Cello Technique.