AMERICAN STORIES
Saturday, September 7, 2024
7:30 PM | Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
Gary Lewis, Conductor
Ethan Blake, Cello

Cello Concerto in B minor - ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK
Symphony No. 1 - WILLIAM GRANT STILL

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ABOUT ETHAN BLAKE...

Cellist Ethan Blake has played around the world for a variety of audiences. As a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, Ethan has performed a wide variety of repertoire in venues across the United States, Italy, and Japan. He is a two-time fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School and has also received fellowships from the Colorado College Music Festival and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy He has also performed at festivals such as the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Innsbrook Institute, and Brevard Music Festival. Ethan was the first prize winner of the T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition, the Pikes Peak Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and the University of Colorado Undergraduate Honors Competition, and was recently a prize winner at the Jefferson Symphony Young Artists Competition.

Before moving to Rochester, Ethan was an avid performer in the Front Range of Colorado and served as Assistant Principal Cello in the Boulder Philharmonic  and as a member of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared as principal cellist with ensembles such as the Fort Collins Symphony, the Greeley Philharmonic, and the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra, and has also performed with the Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and the Alabama Symphony, where he was a One-Year member for their 2022-23 season. As a teacher, Ethan has served as a cello instructor at the Boulder Symphony Music Academy and as a Teaching Artist at El Sistema Colorado, along with working frequently with middle and high school cello sections around the area. He currently serves on the faculties of the ROCmusic Collaborative and the Eastman Community Music School.

A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music, Ethan was a recipient of the Don & Maria Johnson Scholarship and Bixler Foundation Scholarship. His main teachers have included David Requiro, Alice Yoo, Matthew Zalkind, and Annemarie Dawson. Ethan is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of David Ying. Outside of music, his other interests include cooking, basketball, and going on as many dog-walks as possible.


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Ann & Ken Hankins. Jr.
Diann & John McKee