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Martha Babcock

United States


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Aldo Parisot

Martha Babcock is Assistant Principal Cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Principal Cellist of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Ms. Babcock joined the BSO in 1973 and was appointed to her current position in 1982.

Born in Freeport, Illinois, Ms. Babcock began her musical studies at age six; at age ten she chose to study the cello and made her solo debut with orchestra at age fourteen. A cum laude graduate of Harvard University, her cello teachers have included Lowell Creitz, Aldo Parisot and George Neikrug. Winner of the Piatigorsky Prize at the Tanglewood Music Center, she began her professional career as a cellist at the age of nineteen, when she became the youngest member of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

She has been soloist with the Pops on many occasions, collaborating with conductors Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Ronald Feldman and Erich Kunzel in concertos by Dvorak, Boccherini, Elgar, Schumann, and d'Albert, and is active in solo and chamber music performances in the Boston area and at the Tanglewood Festival.

She has been a frequent guest artist with the BSO Chamber Players and has recorded the Dvorak String Sextet with the group for Nonesuch, as well as contemporary works for CRI, and chamber music of Rebecca Clarke for Northeastern Records. Her recording of Saint-Saens' The Swan appears on the Boston Pops CD, "Pops in Love," conducted by John Williams, and a solo recording of Yannatos's Sonata for Solo Cello has been released by Albany Records.

Ms. Babcock's cello, the "ex-Feuermann," was made in Rome in 1741 by David Tecchler.

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