Susan Babini, Cello

Susan BabiniIncreasingly recognized for her “arresting performances” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) and “honestly self-revealing playing” (The Broad Street Review), cellist Susan Babini has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Of her recent East Coast première-performance of Aaron Jay Kernis’s Colored Field for Cello and Orchestra with Symphony in C, The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that “she was a beacon of clarity with a lean sound and a stoic emotional reserve…The performance was everything it could be.”

Ms. Babini has been presented by Artists International and the Violoncello Society of New York, and has appeared in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In 2005 she appeared as both Guest Principal Cellist and soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, performing Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante under Roy Goodman. She is a winner of Astral Artists’ 2007 National Auditions and, as a winner of the San Francisco Conservatory’s concerto competition, she performed Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo with the Conservatory Orchestra.

Also an avid chamber musician, Ms. Babini was named Principal Cello of the New Century Chamber Orchestra. She toured Central Asia as a member of the Phoenix String Quartet, under the auspices of Carnegie Hall and the U.S. Department of State. She has also performed and taught throughout Panama as part of the Tres Americas Project and toured with the Mark Morris Dance Company. A participant of the Tanglewood Music Festival, Italy’s Spoleto Festival, and at the Marlboro, Yellow Barn, Delaware, and Kneisel Hall chamber music festivals, she has also performed in Germany’s Kronberg masterclasses. She has collaborated with such artists as Bernard Greenhouse, Gilbert Kalish, Manahem Pressler, Joseph Silverstein, Mistuko Uchida, and Donald Weilerstein.

Ms. Babini appeared at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, and on the Philadelphia Brahms Festival, and performed Brahms’s B Major Piano Trio and Schumann’s Piano Quartet at the Aspen Music Festival with Anne-Marie McDermott and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presented her in “Musicians from Marlboro,” and presented her in solo recital in May 2011.

Susan Babini received both a Bachelor and a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a graduate diploma from The Juilliard School, where she was a teaching assistant for Bonnie Hampton.

Susan Babini is an Astral artist.

Read more about Susan in her November 2013 Musician Spotlight