Barrett Sills, Cello
Barrett Sills, cello, a prizewinner in competitions in Germany, France, and Brazil, is a recognized artist on Baroque cello, viola da gamba, and modern cello. As a scholarship student at Yale University, he was the first recipient of the prestigious Maxwell Belding Award given by the Yale School of Music, and while still an undergraduate he was assistant to his teacher, Aldo Parisot. He performed with the Nouvel Philharmonic of Radio France in Paris and taught at the Conservatoire National de Boulogne-Billancourt. He has performed chamber music throughout France and Germany and toured Japan with the New York Symphonic Ensemble. As recitalist, he has played on three continents, toured South America as an Artistic Ambassador, and has been a touring artist for the Texas Commission on the Arts. In Houston, he performs regularly with various groups, including Ars Lyrica and this evening’s ensemble. Mr. Sills is Principal Cellist with both the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet and is Artistic Director of Camerata Ventapane, which presents chamber music concerts in various venues. During summers he performs at the Grand Teton Music Festival and enjoys paragliding.
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