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Grammy Award-Winning Cellist of Eroica Trio to Perform at Mercer

January 27, 2010

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Billie Rampley
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MACON – Grammy Award-winning cellist, Sara Sant’Ambrogio, will be play a concert at Mercer University on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. in Neva Langley Fickling Hall, at the McCorkle Music Building. General Admission is $10 or free with a Mercer ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (478) 301-5470.

The Eroica Trio won the prestigious 1991 Naumburg Award, resulting in a highly successful Lincoln Center debut and has since toured the United States, Europe, and Asia.  While maintaining their demanding concert schedule, the Eroica Trio has released seven critically lauded recordings for Angel/EMI Classics Records, garnering multiple Grammy nominations. This season, the Trio plans to record its eighth CD for EMI, an all-American album.

The Eroica Trio performs the Beethoven Triple Concerto more frequently than any other trio in the world, having appeared with renowned symphonies such as Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Houston and Seattle.  In addition, The Trio has performed the work abroad with Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi in Spain, Haydn Orchestra in Italy, Budapest Symphony in Germany, and on tour in the United States with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, culminating in a Lincoln Center performance. 
Sant’Ambrogio first leapt to international attention when she was a winner at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Violoncello Competition in Moscow. As a result of her medal, Carnegie Hall invited Sant’Ambrogio to perform a recital, which was filmed by CBS News as part of a profile about her, which was televised nationally. The New York Times described Sant’Ambrogio’s New York debut as “sheer pleasure.”

Always looking to push the boundaries of classical music, Sant’Ambrogio has collaborated with the New York City Ballet in seven highly successful sold-out concerts at Lincoln Center performing the Bach Cello Suites and has performed with Rufus Wainwright in the inauguration of a new concert series at the National Arts Club in New York City. She has recorded with the rock group VAST, the Spanish hip hop singer Beatrice, and has a track from her solo CD “Dreaming,” featured on the soundtrack of the documentary “Jones Beach Boys.”

Sant’Ambrogio started cello studies with her father John Sant’Ambrogio, principal cellist of the St. Louis Symphony, and at the age of 16 was invited on full scholarship to study with David Soyer at the Curtis Institute of Music. Three years later world-renowned cellist Leonard Rose invited Sant’Ambrogio to study at The Julliard School; within weeks of arriving, she won the all-Julliard Schumann Cello Concerto Competition, resulting in the first of many performances at Lincoln Center.

Sant’Ambrogio has won numerous international competitions, including The Whitaker, Dealey, Artists International, and Palm Beach competitions. Sant’Ambrogio won a Grammy Award for her performance of Bernstein’s “Arias and Barcarolles” on Koch Records. She been profiled in Glamour, Vogue, Elle, In Fashion, Bon Appétit, Detour, Strings, Strad, Gramophone, Travel and Leisure, Fanfare and Swing magazines, as well as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CBS, ABC, PBS, Fox, USA and CNN networks. She is the subject of a feature-length documentary, which has had multiple airings nationwide on PBS. She currently has four music videos playing on Classic FM TV in the UK and Europe.

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