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Virtuoso Cellist Sterling Elliott to Perform at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival

“Perfect intonation, style, and total involvement.”
“His discernible love for the music won over the audience.”

Praised for his musicality, sensitivity, dexterity, and performing ease by audiences and critics alike, the 25-year-old American cellist Sterling Elliott will be featured in three concerts at the 2024 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival held at the beautiful Ebenezer Theater in Easton, Maryland. A child prodigy, Elliott began playing the cello at the age of three. He made his orchestral concerto debut at the age of seven, and has since received numerous prestigious awards and performed with the world’s leading symphony orchestras. A graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, he currently is pursuing an Artist Diploma at Juilliard under the direction of renowned cellists Joel Krosnick and Clara Kim.

Chesapeake Music audience members will remember Sterling Elliott’s exciting recital with pianist Elliot Wuu in 2022. The two musicians will be reunited at this year’s Festival performing Claude Debussy’s famous Rêverie in an arrangement for cello and piano (Saturday, June 15). Sterling Elliott will also perform Brahms’ beautiful and majestic first piano trio (with Sahun Sam Hong and Max Tan on Thursday, June 13). He will take the demanding, virtuosic first cello part in Luigi Boccherini’s String Quintet in A Major (with Catherine Cho, Max Tan, Daniel Phillips, and Marcy Rosen on Friday, June 14). The last opportunity to enjoy Elliott’s stellar stage presence and joyous musicianship will be at the Festival Finale on Saturday, June 15, where, in addition to Debussy’s Rêverie, he will perform Arthur Foote’s A Night Piece and Scherzo for Flute and String Quartet (with Tara Helen O’Connor, Daniel Phillips, Max Tan, and Catherine Cho) and Emil Hartmann’s Serenade for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano (with J. Lawrie Bloom and Sahun Sam Hong).

Asked what he envisioned his future as a classical musician to be, Elliott replied: “My goal as an artist has always been to simply share my passion with audiences across the globe. However, as my career develops and I can expand further on the idea of my role as an artist in society, I would like my ultimate goal in music to be focused on furthering music’s reach in all communities.” To that end, he takes seriously his standing in the classical music world as a Black role model. “Along with performing in concert halls, I frequent smaller communities and educational settings in which my position as a role model and an inspiring figure becomes clearly evident to other people of color.” “It brings me great satisfaction to be at a point in my career where I have the freedom to open up my agenda to several artistic engagements in under-resourced communities which might have a little budget for public music education, let alone a traveling guest artist.” In recognition of this commitment and of his astounding success as a classical musician, in March 2024 Sterling was awarded the highly coveted Sphinx Medal of Excellence and a $50,000 career grant, the highest honor bestowed by the Sphinx Organization – a non-profit dedicated to the development of young Black and Latino classical musicians. The award was presented in recognition of Sterling’s artistic excellence, his outstanding work ethic, and his ongoing commitment to leadership and his community.

And when he is back home, he loves working on, and building cars. “That’s what I love to do – be in the garage, all day.”  In Easton, his love for his art, his total involvement with his music, will win over the audience.

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Sponsors of this year’s Festival include the Maryland State Arts Council, Paul and Joanne Prager, and private benefactors.

Pictured is cellist Sterling Elliott will be featured in three concerts at the 2024 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival held at the beautiful Ebenezer Theater in Easton, Maryland.

Chesapeake Chamber Music
Festival schedule
June 7-15, 2024

  • Friday, June 7 – 7:30 p.m.
    Opening Extravaganza!
  • Saturday, June 8 – 7:30 p.m.
    Personal Perspectives
  • Sunday, June 9 – 5:30 p.m.
    Fabulous Fantasy
  • Thursday, June 13 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 14 – 7:30 p.m.
    Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition and More
  • Saturday, June 15 – 7:30 p.m.
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