Fred Sherry


“...using his solid technique and rich tone to make a rhythmically and structurally complex work seem straightforward, comprehensible and even (however fleetingly) lyrical. ”


The New York Times


Fred Sherry has introduced audiences on five continents and all fifty United States to the music of our time for over five decades. He was a founding member of TASHI and Speculum Musicae, Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and has been a member of the Group for Contemporary Music, Berio's Juilliard Ensemble and the Galimir String Quartet. He has also enjoyed a close collaboration with jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea.

Elliott Carter, Mario Davidovsky, Steve Mackey, David Rakowski, Somei Satoh, Charles Wuorinen and John Zorn have written concertos for Sherry which he has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Municipal Orchestra of Buenos Aires, BBC Symphony Orchestra, New York CIty Ballet, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, New World Symphony, and RAI Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale. He has premiered solo and chamber works dedicated to him by Milton Babbitt, Derek Bermel, Jason Eckardt, Lukas Foss, Oliver Knussen, Peter Lieberson, Donald Martino and Toru Takemitsu among others, and has appeared at Festivals including Aldeburgh, Casals, Tanglewood, Spoleto, Toru Takemitsu's Music Today, Chamber Music Northwest, OK Mozart, Ravinia, and Mostly Mozart.

Mr. Sherry has been soloist and “sideman” on hundreds of commercial and esoteric recordings for RCA, Columbia, Vanguard, CRI, Delos, Naxos, Tzadik and others. His vast discography of classic, modern and standard repertoire includes recordings made during his longstanding collaboration with Robert Craft as performer and as the organizer of the New York recording sessions. This collection encompasses the Schoenberg Cello Concerto, all four String Quartets and the String Quartet Concerto as well as major works by Stravinsky and Webern.

A member of the cello faculty of The Juilliard School, The Mannes College of Music and The Manhattan School of Music, Fred Sherry is also the Director of the Contemporary Performance Institute at the Composers Conference. He has served on international juries including the Premio Paolo Borciani String Quartet Competition in Italy, OSM Standard Life Competition in Montreal and Young Concert Artists in New York.

Fred Sherry's book 25 Bach Duets from the Cantatas was published by Boosey & Hawkes in 2011. In April 2018 C.F. Peters unveiled his treatise on contemporary string playing, A Grand Tour of Cello Technique.

Performing at Music Mountain on Sunday, June 9, 2019, 3 PM, Gordon Hall