Gwen Krosnick, Cello

Gwen Krosnick, Cello

Cellist Gwen Krosnick has appeared across the world as recitalist, chamber musician, and exuberant advocate for music. Her artistry is thoughtful, arresting, and ecstatic; and her deep love for sharing music with audiences, students, and colleagues helps to create space for real connection and exploration. A recent review in The Boston Globe read: “The concert’s lodestar was the cellist Gwen Krosnick…who played gorgeously throughout and looked as though there was no place on earth she’d rather be.”

Krosnick’s recent projects include a chronologically-performed cycle of Beethoven’s complete string quartets, alongside contemporary works, on the series she curates at the Pucker Art Gallery in Boston; recitals with pianists Qing Jiang, Daniel Walden, and Lee Dionne; and performances of works by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Ralph Shapey, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Elliott Carter,  Charles Wuorinen, Roger Sessions, and Donald Martino. In upcoming seasons, she will premiere works written for her by Richard Wernick (his Suite No. 3 for Unaccompanied Cello), violinist-composer Luke Hsu (a work for solo cello and tape), and cellist-composer Aaron Wolff (a reimagining for solo cello of the 1947 jazz standard Time After Time).

A passionate teacher, Krosnick served as Visiting of Instructor of Cello at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and has given masterclasses at Eastman, Oberlin, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Kneisel Hall and Duke. Krosnick holds degrees from the New England and Oberlin Conservatories and from Oberlin College (a BA in Russian). She has studied with Natasha Brofsky, Laurie Smukler, Darrett Adkins, Vivian Weilerstein, Donald Weilerstein, and Seymour Lipkin. She is a longtime alumna of Yellow Barn and Greenwood; and of Kneisel Hall, whose faculty she joined in 2019.

Away from the cello, Krosnick’s focus echoes her joyously-varied musical life: she is a serious yoga practitioner, 200-hour trained with additional certification in myofascial release and Yoga Nidra; is an accomplished home cook, with particular expertise in regional Italian food; and is Mom to Anya, her beloved black tri-color Australian Shepherd rescue dog.

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