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Jeffrey Noel Lastrapes

Cellist Jeffrey Noel Lastrapes is a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and teacher. He has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. As orchestral soloist, he has appeared with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Midland-Odessa Symphony, the Ibex Chamber Orchestra of New York, the Lower Marion Symphony of Philadelphia, the Festival Orchestra in Vina del Mar, Chile and numerous others. Appearances at festivals include the Evian Festival in France, the Bellingham Festival, Sevenars Festival, the OK Mozart Festival, the National Cello Congress in Phoenix, Mid-Atlantic Chamber Music Society, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and twice at the Gregor Piatigorsky Seminar at the University of Southern California.

In April of 2009, Mr. Lastrapes made his critically acclaimed New York debut at Merkin Concert Hall.

  "An excellent cellist with consummate technical mastery, Lastrapes is a seasoned performer whose strong, outgoing personality lets him shape the music on a big canvas with bold colors and contours. His pacing is balanced, his phrasing elegant; with spontaneous, personal expressiveness, he draws the audience in from first note to last."
- Edith Eisler New York Concert Review

Mr. Lastrapes earned his bachelor of music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied under Orlando Cole. He also holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where he studied under Harvey Shapiro. He has had master classes with such cellists as Rostropovich, Paul Tortelier, Joel Krosnik, Yo Yo Ma, and Lynn Harrell. In 1991, he represented the United States in the International Competition for Violoncello in Chile and won two of the four major prizes. He is also the recipient of the Lighthouse Award for Outstanding Achievement.

As an orchestral musician, Mr. Lastrapes has held principal positions with the Haddonfield Symphony, New Jersey, the Midland-Odessa Symphony in Texas, the Quartz Mountain Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, and since 2005, the associate principal position of the Tulsa Symphony. Mr. Lastrapes has also performed frequently on radio and television including broadcasts over Radio France, WFMT – Chicago, National Public Radio, National Television and Radio of Chile, and three live recitals on WFLN of Philadelphia. He has recorded for New World Records and West Virginia University Press and is releasing a recording of sonatas by Rachmaninoff and Chopin on Centaur Records in spring of 2010.

Teaching has been an important and substantial part of Mr. Lastrapes' career. He is a former faculty member of Oklahoma State University and the Collegiate School (NY). He has served on the Cello and Chamber music faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts since 1996 and is Assistant Professor of Cello at Texas Tech University.

Mr. Lastrapes performs on a Francesco Ruggieri cello dated 1684 and a Paul Schuback cello dated 1987.

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