Cellist Allison Drenkow has been heralded by the Boston Globe as a soloist known to have “streamed through the spectrum of human emotions”. From “lyric melancholy” to a “tremble and roar”, press have praised Allison for the expansive dimension of her tone. Performing as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and recording artist alike, Allison is a versatile talent.
Currently based in Boston, MA, Allison can be heard performing as a member of the highly acclaimed ensemble, Hub New Music. This mixed quartet of strings and winds celebrates a musical era fueled by the spirit of collaboration and desire to shatter artistic limitations. Though a relatively new organization, Hub New Music has been featured on Boston Conservatory’s Contemporary Artists Series, hosted as an ensemble in residence at Northeastern University and praised by the Boston Globe who encourages that the “next time the group offers a concert, go, listen and be changed”.
With immense passion for the orchestral tradition and repertoire, Allison has held principal and assistant principal positions with the National Festival Orchestra, Unitas Ensemble (Boston, MA), Occasional Symphony Orchestra (Baltimore, MD), Banff Festival Orchestra (Canada), Texas Music Festival Orchestra, and New England Conservatory Chamber and Philharmonia Orchestras. Other orchestral engagements held have included with the Boston Philharmonic, Atlantic Symphony, and Boston Chamber Symphony. Renowned conductors she has had the privilege of collaborating with include Rossen Milanov, Asher Fisch, Alan Pierson, Mei Ann Chen, Carl St. Clair, Lior Shambadal, Johannes Debus, Lavard Skou-Larsen, Carlos Spierer, and Hugh Wolff.
In her travels, Allison has had the honor of performing as a soloist in public masterclasses for Lynn Harrell, Phillipe Muller, Colin Carr, Raphael Wallfisch, Andrés Diaz, Robert DeMaine (Principal, LA Philharmonic), and Yumi Kendall (Associate Principal, Philadelphia Orchestra) amongst others. As a chamber musician, Allison has been blessed to have worked personally with the Juilliard, Emerson, Takacs, Borromeo, Brentano, St. Lawrence, and Biava String Quartets.
In recent years, Allison has had the honor of attending the Heifetz International Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Académie du Domaine Forget, and has received fellowships to perform at the Banff Arts Center in the Canadian Rockies and Texas Music Festival in Houston. In the summer of 2016, Allison will be performing in Japan as a part of the Pacific Music Festival under the batons of Valery Gergiev and John Axelrod.
Allison Drenkow received a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University as a student of Alan Stepansky (Associate Principal Emeritus, New York Philharmonic). During her years in Baltimore, she also taught as an assistant chamber coach in the Peabody Preparatory program. Currently Allison is pursuing a Master of Music degree as a student of Natasha Brofsky at New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. Outside of performing, Allison is an active teacher as well as serving on the production team at National Public Radio’s programming, “From the Top”.