January 1, 2009
Cynthia Forbes, violoncello, performs in chamber and orchestral ensembles throughout New England. She did her undergraduate studies at Harvard University in Anthropology, and went on to Syracuse University under a Graduate Fellowship in Music. Her principal cello teachers were George Neikrug and Benjamin Zander. Appearances as a soloist include performances with the New England String Ensemble, Boston Virtuosi, the Greensboro Festival Orchestra, the Syracuse Camerata and the Rome Festival Orchestra. Solo and chamber works have been composed for her, most recently Byzantine Variations, Threnody and a Concerto Grosso for Cello and String Orchestra by Vuk Kulenovic, soon to be recorded as a CD. She will be giving the world premiere of the Concerto Grosso in the upcoming 2001-02 season of the Boston Virtuosi. Cynthia teaches privately in the Boston area and at the Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School, where she also coaches chamber music.
Virginia Crumb began harp studies with Lynne Palmer, then went on to study with Alice Chalifoux and Ann Hobson Pilot. Ms. Crumb holds undergraduate degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master’s degree in both harp performance and musicology from the New England Conservatory of Music. She has played principal harp in the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Victoria Symphony (Canada.) In addition to Hong Kong and Canada, she has performed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and toured Europe with several ensembles. She was a Tanglewood fellowship recipient and has played at the Grand Teton and New Hampshire Music Festivals. She performs with the New Hampshire Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Alea III. In 1994, she was a featured performer at the American Harp Society’s National Convention. She has made numerous recordings of contemporary music. Ms. Crumb has been on the music faculties of New England Conservatory, Milton Academy and Emmanuel College. She is the former president of the Boston Chapter of the American Harp Society.