Carlton McCreery, Principal Cello
Carlton McCreery began formerly studying cello with Paul Katz (founding member of the Cleveland Quartet) and later with Peter Howard (Principal Cellist of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra). Following his undergraduate degree, Mr. McCreery was appointed Associate Principal Cellist of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. He earned his MM degree in Cello Performance at the University of Michigan. He had further cello study with such noted artists as Zara Nelsova and Lynn Harrell. He studied in Zurich, Switzerland with Gregor Piatigorsky and at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria with Antonio Janigro where is was the only American selected to perform in the Mozarteum Festival Concert Hall
His first academic appointment was at the age of 23 at Pittsburg State University, where he was a member of the Resident String Quartet. He also served as a Professor at Missouri State University and later at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Wisconsin. In addition to performing with the internationally acclaimed Cadek Trio, Mr. McCreery conducted many all-state, university and conservatory orchestras during his career. Mr. McCreery has concertized in China, South America, Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Switzerland and the cultural centers of Boston, Washington, D.C. and New York. The Bucaramanga Vanguardia Liberal wrote that the performance showed “flawless interpretation and . . . refined beauty.” “He dealt with the variety of moods with a high degree of virtuosity.” said the Meridian Star and the Birmingham News said, “Carlton McCreery performed musically, with clean intonation and flawless rhythm . . .” Following his concert on the Great Performance Series in Charleston, SC, the News and Courier exclaimed how he “created stunning climaxes with his virtuosity and equally clean technique.” The Atlanta Constitution wrote “Whirlwind tempos were coupled with spectacular power that literally had some members of the audience shaking their heads in admiration.” “…vital involvement in the stuff of each piece.” said The New York Times.
Mr. McCreery has collaborated in performance with such renowned artists as Aaron Copland, Pierre Boulez, Robert Shaw, Malcolm Frager, Charles Treger, Paul Rolland, David Schiffrin, Ransom Wilson, Andres Cardenes, Roberto Diaz, Andres Diaz, Miles Hoffman, Carlos Prieto Jr. Carlos Prieto Sr. and William Preucil.
Mr. McCreery recently completed his tenure as Artist-Faculty of the Brevard Music Center, where he was Principal Cellist of the Brevard Music Center Festival Orchestra. This past summer he was appointed to the Artist-Faculty of the CICA International Music Festival.
Mr. McCreery continues to be a spokesperson for the international Super-Sensitive Musical String Company. As an educator, McCreery is in constant demand. His former students perform with prestigious orchestras and teach at universities and music festivals through out the country.
Mr. McCreery has owned several cellos, including a Scarampella, Rodier and a Carl Becker (1930).