Described by the Daily Forward as “an exuberantly gifted cellist,” Gwen Krosnick has appeared across the world as a joyous communicator and evangelist for music. In her life as a chamber musician, teacher, and concert presenter, Krosnick aims to create space for people to connect and react; champions great contemporary music; and encourages a vibrant, thoughtful dialogue between wondrous pieces of music, old and new.
Highlights of Krosnick’s current and recent seasons include recitals across the East Coast and Midwest with pianists Qing Jiang, Daniel Walden, and Lee Dionne, performing the music of composers from Brahms and Poulenc to Oliver Knussen, Ralph Shapey, and Lei Liang; and concerts of the complete Beethoven string quartets – presented in chronological order, with contemporary works alongside – on the concert series she presents at the Pucker Art Gallery in Boston. Krosnick has served as Visiting Instructor of Cello at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and is on the faculty of the National Music Festival, where she appeared last summer in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the festival orchestra. Krosnick holds degrees from the New England and Oberlin Conservatories and from Oberlin College (a BA in Russian). She has studied with Natasha Brofsky, Darrett Adkins, Dmitry Kouzov, Laurie Smukler, and Seymour Lipkin. Away from the cello, Krosnick’s focus echoes her joyously-varied musical life: she is an accomplished home cook, a 200-hour-trained practitioner of yoga, and parent to Anya, her beloved Australian Shepherd rescue dog. She is a longtime alumna of Greenwood Music Camp and Yellow Barn; and of Kneisel Hall, whose faculty she joins in 2019. Gwen will be on campus the first session.