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Stephen Balderston

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Courses Taught
Applied Cello

Stephen Balderston is known internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and coach of the highest caliber. Professor of cello at DePaul University School of Music, Balderston maintains a demanding performance schedule in a variety of venues, presents master classes, and adjudicates around the United States. He has performed solo works and chamber music with Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Christoph Eschenbach, Lynn Harrell, Yo-Yo Ma, Menahem Pressler, Gil Shaham, Joseph Silverstein and Pinchas Zukerman, and has appeared as featured artist at the Ravinia Festival, the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, the American String Project, Bargemusic, the Park City Music Festival, OK Mozart International Festival, Santa Barbara Chamber Music Festival as well as the Affinis Music Festival in Japan and the International Music Festival in Shanghai, China. 

Balderston was the cello coach for the first five years of Daniel Barenboim's "West-Eastern Divan" workshops in Weimar, Germany; Chicago, IL; and Seville, Spain. He has also been featured in both Shanghai, China’s international music festival and the International String Music Festival in Taiwan. He has been a regular participant, coach and soloist at many prestigious summer venues, including the Grand Teton Music Festival, Marrowstone Music Festival, the International Festival – Institute at Round Top, the Park City International Chamber Music Festival, and the ARIA International Summer Academy. Balderston is a member of the American Chamber Players.

Balderston was Assistant Principal Cello with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 10 years, and prior to that, a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for 10 years. He performed as soloist with both orchestras. Balderston began his studies on the cello with Gabor Rejto in his native southern California and earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Lynn Harrell.  

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