Marly Music Chamber Series: Scott Kluksdahl, cellist
One of the area’s most gifted musicians, Scott Kluksdahl made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony and has been heard since as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in music centers around the globe.
At the MFA, he will play Brahms’ Cello Sonata, Op. 38; two chorale preludes by J.S. Bach (arranged by Kodaly); Robert Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70; “Nimrod” from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Op. 36; three pieces by Nadia Boulanger; and Astor Piazzolla’s The Grand Tango.
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He has premiered many contemporary American works and has presented solo recitals in the Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and at The Phillips Collection and Harvard University. He played works by Jewish composers, including world premieres, in an acclaimed recital at the Hed Music Center in Tel Aviv. Strings magazine has called him “a simply superb cellist, playing with consummate technical ease, a beautiful sound, total conviction, authority and dedication to the music.”
Mr. Kluksdahl received the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship at Tanglewood and won prizes in the 1900 Walter M. Naumburg International Cello Competition. He is the Theodore and Vennette Askounces-Ashford Distinguished Scholar at the University of South Florida. He holds his BA in English and American literature from Harvard University and his MM from The Juilliard School.
Pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera has frequently collaborated with Mr. Kluksdahl, including at the MFA, and with Yo-Yo Ma and Leonard Rose, among others. She is, in fact, one of the most respected collaborative musicians of her generation and has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the 92nd Street Y, and the Kennedy Center. She won the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Competition Accompanying Prize in Moscow and holds both her Bachelor and Master of Music from Juilliard.