CAITLIN SULLIVAN, cello
A sought-after musician throughout the New York scene, cellist Caitlin Sullivan can be found equally on the stages of Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and at unconventional spaces like clubs, art galleries, or even a double-decker bus. Recognized as having the “understanding and emotional projection of a true artist” by the New York Concert Review, Ms. Sullivan has designed a multi-dimensional career as a performer of both classical and contemporary music. In addition, Ms. Sullivan has a strong passion for music education and advocacy, frequently performing in schools and community venues, and working with aspiring music students around the world.
Having formidable performance experience with a variety of groups, Ms. Sullivan is a longtime member of several celebrated New York ensembles including The Knights, Decoda, and Iris Orchestra in Memphis, TN. She is also an active substitute cellist with the New York Philharmonic, performing often during their season. Ms. Sullivan has made numerous appearances with other ensembles including Wordless Music Orchestra, Ensemble Signal, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, as well as Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry. Additional ensemble experience includes Ms. Sullivan’s membership with Ensemble ACJW (now Ensemble Connect), which enabled her to perform chamber music regularly as part of a Carnegie Hall subscription series in 2007-2009.
Traveling to Memphis, TN several times a year, Ms. Sullivan has been a member of the Iris Orchestra under conductor Michael Stern since 2007, and made her solo debut with the orchestra in 2014 performing Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante. In addition to her role as both section player and principal cellist for Iris, Ms. Sullivan has performed chamber music as well as lead educational activities in schools throughout the greater Memphis area.
Believing in the power of music education and advocacy, Ms. Sullivan has dedicated much of her time to teaching artistry and mentoring. She has been a Teaching Artist for the New York Philharmonic at PS 81 in the Bronx, as well as The Learning Arts, in a program dedicated to bringing concerts and workshops to students throughout the rural Adirondack region of New York. As a member of ClassNotes, Ms. Sullivan has participated in school residencies in New York, New Jersey, and Florida in targeted programs that bridge academic subjects with ideas central to playing chamber music. As a component of her two-year fellowship with Ensemble ACJW, Ms. Sullivan was a Teaching Artist at PS 153 in Harlem, during which time she co-created The MUSIC Exchange (Musically Uniting Students In Correspondence), a mentorship program involving public school music students and orchestral musicians that combined pen-pal letter writing with a culminating side-by-side musical performance. As a cello and chamber music coach, Ms. Sullivan has taught at the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival in Little Rock, AR, Belvoir Terrace Summer Camp for girls, PRIZM Camp in Memphis, TN, ArtsAhimsa Summer Festival, and has been a chamber music substitute coach for the Juilliard Pre-College Division.