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Yumi Kendall, cello

Yumi Kendall, cello

Twenty-three-year-old cellist Yumi Kendall has been recently appointed Assistant Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Kendall entered The Curtis Institute of Music in 1999, where she was the recipient of a merit-based full-tuition scholarship and held the Jacqueline DuPre Fellowship.

Ms. Kendall, who has been studying since age five, made her recital debut at age seven in Boulder, Colorado, and in 1998, made her orchestral solo debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC., under the direction of Elizabeth Schulze. Since that time, Ms. Kendall has performed on numerous occasions in the Washington, DC area, including solo performances at the German and Dutch Embassies, the Mexican Cultural Center, and at the Seeds of Peace gathering at the Rayburn House Office Building. Ms. Kendall performed as a soloist in a program with National Symphony cellists in a tribute concert to Mstislav Rostropovich at Dumbarton Church in Washington, DC. She has also performed in recital with her brother, Nicolas Kendall (a recent violin graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music) in concerts at Southern Illinois University, in the "Prodigy Concert" series at the Strings in the Mountains Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the annual Suzuki Summer Festival in Matsumoto, Japan, and at a benefit concert in Kuroiso, Japan. She has also participated in a number of master classes with renowned musicians, including Lynn Harrell and Janos Starker.

Recipient of several awards and honors, Ms. Kendall won first place in the Friday Morning Music Club Competition, first place in the National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists’ Competition, and the judges’ commendation award at the Johansen International Competition. She also has participated in several orchestras, including the Haddonfield Symphony, where she currently serves as principal cello, the American Youth Philharmonic, where she was principal cello from 1996 through 1999, the National Orchestral Institute, where she was principal cello as well, and in the Summer Music Institute at the Kennedy Center. Other summer festivals and institutes in which Ms. Kendall has participated include Encore School for Strings, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, Verbier Festival, Taos School of Music, and the Marlboro Festival.

Ms. Kendall comes from an extremely musical family that includes John Kendall, Suzuki violin pedagogue; Christopher Kendall, music director of the University of Maryland; William Foster, assistant principal viola of the National Symphony Orchestra, and Curtis graduate Daniel Foster, principal viola of the National Symphony Orchestra. Her brother, violinist Nicolas Kendall, graduated from Curtis in 2001. Ms. Kendall has joined her brother and cousin, as well as violinist Nurit Bar-Josef, in founding the Dryden String Quartet.

as of 29 Jan 2005


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