RI Philharmonic Music School holds a Masterclass with Award-Winning Cellist Merry Peckham, May 17



The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School will present a masterclass with critically acclaimed Cellist Merry Peckham, an award-winning performer, and dedicated coach and educator. The class will be on May 17 (Thursday) at 6:00pm at the Music School’s Carter Center, 667 Waterman Ave., East Providence.

At a Glance

Masterclass with Cellist Merry Peckham
6:00pm, Thursday, May 17

RI Philharmonic Music School
Carter Center
667 Waterman Ave., East Providence

For more information: Chelsea Anderson, canderson@riphil.org, 401.248.7038.

About Cellist Merry Peckham: As a founding member of the Cavani String Quartet (a position she held for 32 years) Peckham was honored with a Naumburg Chamber Music Award, Musical America’s Young Artists of the Year Award, and the ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. With the quartet, she has performed thousands of concerts in the United States and abroad, was awarded the State of Ohio Governor’s Prize and twice won the Guarneri String Quartet Residency Award. Peckham won the overall string category as well as the cello division of the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition.

A devoted teacher and deeply committed to arts-education, Peckham has given master classes and lecture demonstrations at music festivals, universities, and public and private schools in communities all over the world. As part of a cultural exchange between the Perlman Music Program and music training institutions abroad, Ms. Peckham has taught and given special classes at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Jerusalem Music Center and the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv.

Peckham is currently Coordinator and Teacher of String Chamber Music at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Associate Director and Chamber Music Director for the Perlman Music Program, an organization founded by Toby and Itzhak Perlman dedicated to training exceptional young musicians, as well as the Director of the Chamber Music Workshop @ The Perlman Music Program. Since 1988 she has served on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Peckham earned a bachelor of music degree from Indiana University and a master of music from the Eastman School of Music. She pursued additional studies at Yale University and Ohio State University. Her teachers and mentors have included Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, Gary Hoffman, Paul Katz, Peter Salaff, and Toby Perlman. Peckham has the good fortune to perform on a cello by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (a St. Cecilia model, dated 1849.)

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School encourages lifelong engagement with music through comprehensive music education and community partnership programs taught by Orchestra members and outstanding faculty. Quality, access, diversity and collaboration are the Music School’s core values. If you have any questions, call 401.248.7001 or email cartercenter@riphil.org.