In 2001 cellist CLANCY NEWMAN won the coveted first prize of the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg Competition; Naumburg presented him in recital at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, a performance that garnered enormous critical acclaim. He was also named the recipient of a 2004 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and as such appeared on A&E’s “Breakfast with the Arts.” A winner of Astral Artistic Services’ year 2000 National Auditions, he was the first Astral artist presented in recital in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, selections from which were broadcast on NPR’s “Performance Today.” Mr. Newman also captured first prizes at the National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists Competition, the Juilliard School Cello Competition, the Australian National Youth Concerto Competition in Brisbane, and the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, which provided two years of concert engagements throughout the U.S. A member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center, he has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and with the Juilliard Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall.

From Albany, New York, Mr. Newman began playing cello at the age of six, and at twelve he received his first significant public recognition when he won the Gold Medal for Strings at the Dandenong Youth Festival in Australia, competing against instrumentalists twice his age. He developed an interest in composition at an early age, an activity to which he still devotes much of his time and energy. Under Astral’s auspices his String Quartet and Sonata for Cello and Piano received their world premières; Astral presents the world première of his The Four Seasons for cello and chamber orchestra on its series this season.

Mr. Newman attended the Sydney Conservatorium in Australia, the Taos School of Music, the Verbier Academy in Switzerland, the Piatigorsky Seminar, and participated for several seasons in the Marlboro Music Festival. He also frequently tours as a part of the “Musicians from Marlboro” series. Upon receiving a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, he became one of the first students to complete the five-year exchange program between Juilliard and Columbia University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Mr. Newman’s teachers included David Gibson, Joel Krosnick, and Harvey Shapiro.

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