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Brooks Whitehouse (Cello)

Born: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

The American cellist, Brooks Whitehouse, studied Biology at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Class of 1983). HAe obtained his MMA and DMA degrees from SUNY Stony Brook in New York (Class of 1990). He also studied at Tanglewood Music Center.

Brooks Whitehouse has performed and taught throughout the USA and abroad, holding Artists-in-Residence positions at SUNY Stony Brook, the Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York, the University of Virginia and The Tanglewood Music Center. As founding members of The Guild Trio Whitehouse and his wife, violinist Janet Orenstein won both the "USIA Artistic Ambassador" and "Chamber Music Yellow Springs" competitions, and with that ensemble they have performed and held master-classes throughout the USA and Canada, as well as in Norway, Turkey, the former Yugoslavia, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Portugal, France and Australia. The trio has been a frequent feature on National Public Radio's "Performance Today", and has also appeared on the University of Missouri's public television series "Premiere Performances", and "Front Row Center" on KETC-TV9 in St. Louis.

As a soloist Brooks Whitehouse has appeared with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the New England Chamber Orchestra, and the Nashua, New Brunswick, Billings, and Owensboro Symphonies. He has appeared in recital throughout the northeastern USA, and his performances have been broadcast on WQXR's "McGraw-Hill Young Artist Showcase", WNYC's "Around New York," and the Australian and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation networks. He has held fellowships at the Blossom Festival and Bach Aria Festival and Institute in Stony Brook, and was winner of the Cabot prize as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. He currently teaches and performs during the summer at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. As guest artist he has appeared with the American Chamber Players, the New Millennium Ensemble, the JU Piano Trio, The Apple Hill Chamber Players, the Atelier Ensemble and the New Zealand String Quartet. He is also cellist of the European-based Atma Trio, and is 44% (by weight with instruments) of the cello/bass duo Low and Lower with bassist Paul Sharpe. He as recorded for the Centaur, CRI, and Innova labels.

Brooks Whitehouse held professorships at the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). In September 2006, he joined the faculty of University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem (UNCSA) as Cello Professor. While at UNCG he was Artistic Director of three international cello celebrations honoring the legacy of cellists Luigi Silva, Bernard Greenhouse, and Laszlo Varga, and hosted some of the world's finest cellists, including Janos Starker, Steven Doane, Joel Krosnick, Timothy Eddy, and Paul Katz. Whitehouse currently serves on the board of the Greenhouse Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for aspiring young cellists around the world. He currently lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Source: Brooks Whitehouse Website & Facebook profile
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2016)

Brooks Whitehouse: Short Biography | Recordings of Vocal Works

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Brooks Whitehouse, Cellist (Official Website)
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