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Internationally-known Cellist to Perform on Campus

Kathleen Balfe scheduled for Nov. 19

11/7/2005 11:35:24 AM


Kathleen Balfe, an internationally known cellist, will collaborate with Randolph-Macon Woman’s College’s own Emily Chua Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Wimberly Recital Hall in the Presser Building. This event is free and open to the public.

Chamber music has allowed Balfe to tour many parts of the world. She has performed in France, the Czech Republic, Monte Carlo, France, Italy, and Holland, to name a few. As a substitute cellist with the Benaim quartet in 2002, she performed and coached chamber music at festivals in France and Spain. Balfe was also offered titled positions in Hong Kong and Honolulu.

Balfe has worked with an array of symphonic orchestras including the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as a replacement assistant principal 2002-2003, and the Monterey Symphony as a replacement principal cellist in 2003. After her performance of Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante in 2002, James Roos, music critic of the Miami Herald wrote, “[Kathleen Balfe] slashed brilliantly through the concerto’s complicated passagework, ending in a flurry of piercing high harmonics over a cat’s cradle of an orchestra. This was a tremendous challenge well met.

Balfe has also won numerous awards including First Prize in the 2002 Edgard Feder Young Artist Competition, Grand prize and Finkle Bow Award in the 2000 American String Teacher’s Association National Competition. She has also won prizes in the International Cassado Cello Competition, and the Los Angles Philharmonic Bronislaw Kaper Young Artist Competition, among others.

Balfe currently works with the Tenerife Orchestra in the Canary Islands of Spain.

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