Cellist Jeffrey Noel Lastrapes is a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and teacher. He has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. As orchestral soloist, he has appeared with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Midland-Odessa Symphony, the Ibex Chamber Orchestra of New York, the Lower Marion Symphony of Philadelphia, the Festival Orchestra in Vina del Mar, Chile, the National Philharmonic of Honduras, and numerous others. Appearances at festivals include the Evian Festival in France, the Bellingham Festival, Sevenars Festival, the OK Mozart Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Peninsula Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, and twice at the Gregor Piatigorsky Seminar at the University of Southern California.
In April of 2009, Mr. Lastrapes made his critically acclaimed New York debut at Merkin Concert Hall. “An excellent cellist with consummate technical mastery, Lastrapes is a seasoned performer whose strong, outgoing personality lets him shape the music on a big canvas with bold colors and contours. His pacing is balanced, his phrasing elegant; with spontaneous, personal expressiveness, he draws the audience in from first note to last.” - Edith Eisler New York Concert Review. Mr. Lastrapes earned his bachelor of music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied under Orlando Cole. He also holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where he studied under Harvey Shapiro. He has had master classes with such cellists as Rostropovich, Paul Tortelier, Joel Krosnik, Yo Yo Ma, and Lynn Harrell. In 1991, he represented the United States in the International Competition for Violoncello in Chile and won two of the four major prizes. He is also the recipient of the Lighthouse Award for Outstanding Achievement (NY) and the Texas Tech Alumni Association’s New Faculty Award. Mr. Lastrapes has also performed frequently on radio and television including broadcasts over Radio France, WFMT – Chicago, National Public Radio, National Television and Radio of Chile, and three live recitals on WFLN of Philadelphia. He has recorded for New World Records and West Virginia University Press. His recording of sonatas by Rachmaninoff and Chopin was released in March of 2012 and duos by Ravel and Kodaly will be released in 2015, both on Centaur Records. Teaching has been an important and substantial part of Mr. Lastrapes’ career. He is a former faculty member of Oklahoma State University and the Collegiate School (NY). He has served on the Cello and Chamber music faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts since 1996 and is on the faculty of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, Mr. Lastrapes is Associate Professor of Cello and Chair of Strings at Texas Tech University. Mr. Lastrapes performs on a Francesco Ruggieri cello dated 1684 and a Paul Schuback cello dated 1987. ... See MoreSee Less
Meet our Hummin' High and Low! Artist, Vesselin Todorov!
In a single year, Bulgarian-born violist Vesselin Todorov won top prizes in the three most prestigious Bulgarian national competitions Svetoslav Obretenov, Young Music Talents and Dobring Petkov, both as violinist and violist. In the United States, he has performed at all three concert halls – Weill, Zankel and Isaac Stern – in the Carnegie complex, and has collaborated with artists Peter Frankl, Ani Kavafian, David Shifrin, Eric Halen, Robert Mealy and the Arianna String Quartet. In addition, he has toured Austria, Belgium and France, and has performed at Aspen and Round Top Music Festivals. Todorov served as principal violist of the Baton Rouge and Greater Bridgeport Symphonies and held the Christopher and Evelyn Getman Chair at the New Haven Symphony. Sought after as a violinist, he has been an associate concertmaster of the Baton Rouge Symphony and a violin section member of a number of professional orchestras in the United States. Currently he is a member of the Harrington String Quartet and is on the faculty of West Texas A&M University School of Music. Mr. Todorov holds a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music. Among his most influential mentors are violinists Kevork Mardirossian, Ifrah Neaman and Syoko Aki, violists Jesse Levine and Ettore Causa, and the members of the Tokyo String Quartet. ... See MoreSee Less
CMA is excited to present the fourth Classical Concert of our season, Hummin' High and Low! Stay tuned to our page this week for more exclusive information regarding our musicians and the repertoire! ... See MoreSee Less