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Adam Satinsky, Principal Cello

Adam Satinsky, principal cello, began his cello studies at age 6. When he was 12, he won the concerto competition at Interlochen National Music Camp and began studying with Stephen Kates at Peabody Preparatory. There, he received chamber music coaching from Earl Carlyss of the Juilliard Quartet and sat principal chair of the Peabody Institute Chamber Orchestra, performing a concerto with them shortly before beginning undergraduate work at the Eastman School of Music. Adam received a bachelor’s degree and performer’s certificate from Eastman and in his senior year won first prize at the American String Teachers Association national competition.

From 1992-95, he was in Janos Starker’s studio at Indiana University where he earned an artist’s diploma and won the concerto competition. He also performed at Merkin Hall with the I.U. New Music Ensemble and attended the Marlboro Music Festival for two summers. Adam has held the principal position in the Charleston Symphony and played summers at the Grand Teton, Bellingham and Colorado music festivals. He has been featured as a recitalist in concert series in Vermont, New York, Maryland and Iowa. An extensive biography, upcoming performances and audio MP3 samples can be found at his website, adamsatinsky.com. Adam has been principal cellist with the Naples Philharmonic since 1997.

Adam Satinsky is underwritten by Dan & Betsy Ferguson.

Name: Adam Satinsky

Instrument: Cello

Hometown: Potomac, MD

At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 6

Who have been your greatest musical influences? I have every Jacqueline Du Pre album she ever made, all of which I used to play along with in my childhood bedroom. Of course, my cello teachers shaped how I think about music, most influential being Janos Starker.

Who are your favorite composers? Brahms, Bach, Beethoven (the 3 Bs).

What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? Snooker champion – no, actually, I never took anything else very seriously.

What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Genesis – Duke (classic rock).

Your hobbies and interests: Yoga, pool, Scrabble, reading, writing.

Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: I'm a good English teacher.

Funniest concert moment: They generally involve the witty repartee within the cello section, which probably shouldn't be repeated here.

Daily practice rituals: Lately I have been practicing being as loose as possible, plus keeping my motions unfettered and simple, even at the expense of sound production.

The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): At airports, generally: “Don't you wish you played the piccolo?" (I just chuckle politely.)

Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic: I like the variety of programming – every week's an adventure!

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