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Charles Forbes

United States


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Performing fields:
solo, chamber, orchestra

Maurice Eisenberg
Luigi Silva
Bernard Greenhouse
Pablo Casals

Charles Forbes grew up in Cambridge, Massachusettes, and received degrees from Harvard College and Manhattan School of Music. His principal cello teachers were Maurice Eisenberg and Bernard Greenhouse. He also studied cello with Luigi Silva and Pablo Casals, chamber music with Leonard Shure, and conducting with Jonel Perlea.
His orchestra life has included playing principal cello with the American Symphony under Leopold Stokowski, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Princeton Chamber Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony, and the Vermont Symphony.
Mr. Forbes has given four solo recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall, and he played for 30 years with the New York Camerata, a chamber group with which he toured widely and recorded several discs. That group commissioned many new works from American composers, including George Crumb’s “Voice of the Whale”, and it was the resident ensemble with the New York-based Affiliate Artists in Wisconsin and Alabama for four seasons. He has also played with the Chancellor and Windsor (Vermont) String Quartets, and in Philadelphia with the Network for New Music, Relache, the Philadelphia Camerata and Orchestra 2001.
Charles Forbes has been on the faculties of Smith, Amherst and Mt. Holyoke colleges, Exeter Academy, the Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Delaware. He has been music director of the Princeton Chamber Music Play Week since it was founded 13 years ago. He currently lives in Langhorne, PA, plays with Orchestra 2001 and the Bucks County Symphony (principal), and teaches privately and at the Settlement Music School.

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This cellist was posted by Karel and last edited on 28 September 2006 at 12:12:43 AM.