Cellist Amy Catron has established herself as one of the leading performers of her generation. She has toured and recorded extensively as a soloist, as well as in chamber and orchestral settings throughout the United States, Europe, and China. She has appeared as a soloist with Sinfonia da Camera, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana (BACH), Charlotte Symphony in Florida, Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Millikin Wind Ensemble, and Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra.
As a solo and chamber musician, she tackles repertoire spreading from the Renaissance Era to contemporaneity. Her interest in early music led to highly praised appearances as a viola da gamba player and a fruitful collaboration with Illinois’s BACH Orchestra for many years. Ms. Catron is also an avid promoter of new music, having performed and premièred many works by living composers, including Robert Chumbley, Michael Schelle, Peter Michalove, and Carlos Carillo. She also appears internationally as a chamber musician. Her CD, Particles and Prayer, won a Global Music Award silver medal in March 2019.
An active orchestra musician, Ms. Catron is currently principal cellist with Sinfonia da Camera and Millikin-Decatur Symphony and associate principal with Illinois Symphony and Illinois Chamber Orchestras. Prior to moving to the Midwest, she has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra in Florida and has collaborated with the Akron and Canton Symphonies in Ohio, and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Virginia.
In addition to her performing career, Ms. Catron is a sought-after mentor, adjudicator, and clinician. She currently resides in Decatur, IL, where she is the cello professor at Millikin University School of Music, teaching applied cello, music theory, ear training, pedagogy, ethical reasoning, and lower string methods and also directing the intergenerational Millikin Community Cello Choir. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDnFTNw0h7x5FIzSOrCIIvg In high demand as a jury member and clinician, Catron has taught and performed widely at music festivals, including InterHarmony International Music Festival (Italy), Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Illinois Wesleyan Chamber, and Cello Camps, Bands of America, Illinois Summer Youth Music Programs, and the International Chamber Music Festival in Bulgaria, where she was named Artistic Director for 2015. She has also been a collaborative faculty member at Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State Universities. She frequently publishes reviews of new music in the National American String Teachers Association Magazine.
Ms. Catron studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester (New York) and the University of Akron (Ohio), and is currently pursuing a DMA in Music Education from Boston University (Massachusetts). Her principal teachers were Michael Haber and Pamela Frame. She has also advanced her studies at music festivals and in masterclass sessions with Paul Katz, Yehuda Hanani, Carter Brey, and with the Cleveland and Kronos Quartets.
Recently, Amy Catron has appeared as soloist with the Decatur Youth Symphony, Olivet Nazarene Symphony, and the Sangamon Civic Orchestra, and has been broadcast live on WILL FM. Highlights of Ms. Catron’s 2014-2015 season included a Midwest tour in duo with pianist Silvan Negruțiu and the world première performance of Carlos Carillo’s O Casi el Alma for Cello and Orchestra, dedicated to her and commissioned in collaboration with Sinfonia da Camera. The première took place on February 13, 2015, at the Krannert Center in Urbana, IL. She also gave world premieres of and has recorded Robert Chumbley’s ParticIe I for solo Cello and Particle II for cello and wind Ensemble. In April 2019, she was soloist with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra performing Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul.
During February and March 2020, Catron will appear with the Illinois Arts Trio in several concerts through Illinois and the Washington D.C area. Concert posters Tour
October 3 and 4, 2020, Catron will appear in chamber music concerts with Sinfonia da Camera at Allerton Music Barn in Monticello, Illinois. On October 17, Catron can be heard soloing in Chen Yi’s Suite for Cello and Chamber Winds with the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble conducted by Dr. Corey Seapey.
Amy Catron and pianist, Dr. Silvan Negrutiú will perform on November 1, 2020, as a part of Millikin University’s Faculty Recital Series. Their program includes Beethoven’s fourth and fifth cello sonatas plus world première of Robert Chumbley’s Song of the Siren, dedicated to Ms. Catron. This concert will be live-streamed on the Millikin University School of Music YouTube channel https://youtu.be/nGfDVTCJVZg