Alan Stepansky is recognized as one of today’s most gifted and versatile cellists. After a distinguished orchestral career culminating in a ten-year tenure as Associate Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic, he is currently head of the cello department at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Professor of Cello at the Manhattan School of Music, and faculty artist of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. He has performed as a guest artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has recently appeared in concert with the Takacs and American String Quartets. A guest at many summer festivals, Mr. Stepansky has given master classes and performed at the Texas Music Festival, Domaine Forget Festival in Quebec, the Heifetz Institute, the National Orchestral Institute, the Beijing International Music Festival in Beijing and Shanghai, and recently completed a teaching residency at The New World Symphony in Miami. His solo and chamber music recordings for EMI and Cala have been honored by Gramophone Magazine, BBC Magazine, and the New York Times, and he has been engaged as the solo cellist for many major motion picture soundtracks. He has also appeared on numerous albums of noted recording artists across many genres, including Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Merchant, and Sting, with whom he has also performed in concert. He is a Featured Artist on Sting’s latest album, “The Last Ship”. After studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Stepansky graduated from Harvard University with the Horblit Prize. Alan Stepansky’s students have won positions in numerous orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Montreal Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and have successful careers as soloists, chamber musicians, and teachers.