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Masterclass Opportunities: Matthew Agnew, cello (Elgin Symphony Orchestra)

February 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Masterclass with ESO Principal Cellist Matthew Agnew

Where: Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Hwy, Barrington

Date: February 15, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Matthew Agnew studied Suzuki cello from age four with Marilyn Kesler in Okemos, Michigan. In high school, he had the benefit of orchestra instruction and guidance from Shirley Mullins, a Janos Starker student, and cello instruction from Jane Katsuyama of the Dayton Philharmonic. He attended DePaul University on scholarship and studied with William Cernota from the Lyric Opera Orchestra. In 2001 he won second place at the Lansing Matinee Musicale Richardson Awards.

Matthew is the principal cellist of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2002. He also plays with several Chicago area orchestras, including Chicago Opera Theater, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and the Joffrey Ballet. In 2005 he was awarded the assistant principal position with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, a summer festival orchestra in Lancaster, Ohio.

On February 2, 2020, he will be performing the Saint-Säens Cello Concerto with the Fox Valley Orchestra.

If you are interested in participating as a student and performing on this masterclass, please print out the application form below and mail to:
Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Attn: Matthew Agnew Masterclass
20 DuPage Ct.
Elgin, IL 60120

ESO Master Class Application Form PDF

Questions? Contact Wendy Evans, Director of Community Engagement at w.evans@elginsymphony.org or 847-888-0404 ex. 238