Cello Etudes for Cicely Parnas

Cello star and internet sensation Cicely Parnas has commissioned a set of etudes for solo cello from Jocelyn to premiere in 2018.

American cellist Cicely Parnas, praised for her “velvety sound, articulate passagework and keen imagination” (The New York Times), performs recitals, concertos, and chamber music across the globe. This summer she attended the Sitka International Cello Seminar as Artist Apprentice to Zuill Bailey, and in the 2017-2018 season she will appear as soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In 2012, Ms. Parnas made her Carnegie Hall concerto debut, performing the Saint-Saëns Concerto with the New York String Orchestra under the baton of Jaime Laredo. The New York Times raved: “Cicely Parnas, a fast-rising young cellist, was the impressive soloist in a rhapsodic performance.” She toured France performing the Saint-Saëns Concerto with L’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire. Other international appearances include her participation in the 2013 Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo and Beijing.

No stranger to the limelight, Ms. Parnas was named an inaugural Young Artist in Residence on NPR’s Performance Today in 2011, where she was featured in five broadcasts and an American Public Media video spotlight. Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, she was presented last season in debuts at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center to rave reviews. She was the recipient of YCA’s Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists in 2012. She also captured First Prize in the 2011 Cello Concerto Competition at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

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