Tavi Ungerleider


2013 Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Award Winner

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Cellist Tavi Ungerleider plays with a "jaw-dropping virtuosity and an enthusiasm that makes a lapsed dabbler want to dust off her own keyboard" (LA times). His performances have been described by critics as "mesmerizing...thrilling" (Worcester telegram), "technically confident and musically sensitive" (Boston Globe). Ungerleider has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician across the United States, Europe, Asia and South America, including solo performances with the Thayer Symphony, Waltham Philharmonic, Concord Symphony, Wellesley Symphony, Brockton Symphony, and New England Conservatory's Youth Philharmonic, among others. He has appeared at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall's Issac Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theatre, Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall, and more. Appearing numerous times on WQXR and nationally broadcast radio station NPR, Ungerleider has performed in collaboration with many of the great innovators in music today, including Grammy Award winners Bela Fleck and Leonard Slatkin. Mr. Ungerleider also recently collaborated with Michael Tilson Thomas for a television series entitled "Masterclass" that is currently being aired on HBO and PBS. Most recently, Ungerleider has appeared in the Kennedy Center's "Conservatory Project", the Juilliard School's "ChamberFest", and as cellist for Aspen Festival's annual faculty Beethoven Series.

In addition to performing regularly, Ungerleider has also been the recipient of numerous awards, including top prizes from the 2013 Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards, 2012 International Crescendo Music Awards Competition, and from competitions hosted by the Harvard Musical Association, National Federation of Music Clubs, and the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition of the Chamber Music Foundation of New England. 

Born to a musical family, Mr. Ungerleider began cello studies at the age of 5 in Sudbury Massachusetts. Since 2008, he has studied at the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick, cellist of the Juilliard String Quartet. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the Columbia University and Juilliard School joint degree program and is currently pursuing studies at the Juilliard School for the Master of Music degree. Before entering the Juilliard School, Ungerleider studied with Ronald Feldman, and has also been mentored by cellists Ralph Kirshbaum, Timothy Eddy, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Laurence Lesser, and Paul Katz. He has been a participant at some of the most prestigious summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, and Ravinia's Steans Institute.