KACY CLOPTON, CELLO
Described by The Washington Post as “Poised, polished, and passionate,” Kacy Clopton began playing the cello at age five in her hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. She received a Graduate Diploma and a Masters degree from the New England Conservatory studying under Natasha Brofsky of the Peabody Trio. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the School of Music at the University of Maryland, where she studied with Evelyn Elsing and Peter Wiley. Ms. Clopton won the 2010 Strings Concerto Competition at NEC and had the honor of performing Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante in Jordan Hall with Hugh Wolff conducting the NEC Philharmonia. She was a semifinalist at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Concerto Competition in 2009. She has won several other prestigious concerto competitions, giving her the privilege of performing Dvorak Cello Concerto with various orchestras. She has performed frequently at Jordan Hall and Sanders Theatre in Boston, at the Millennium Stage and the Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center, The National Gallery of Art, and at various museums of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. By invitation from the White House she has performed for the First Lady of China.
Ms. Clopton has performed in masterclasses with Ahner Bylsma, Pieter Wispelwey, Janos Starker, Truls Mörk, Bernard Greenhouse, Lynn Harrell, Orland Cole, David Sawyer, Eleanor Schoenfeld, and YoYo Ma. She has collaborated with and been coached by members of the Alban Berg Quartett, the Ying Quartet, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Peabody Trio, the Cleveland Quartet, the Guarneri Quartet, David Takeno, and Roger Tapping. In 2011 she attended the Carteret Solo Cello Festival in France where she studied under Alexander Baillie. In the summer of 2010, she attended the Yellow Barn Summer Festival, where she collaborated with Donald Weilerstein, Peter Frankl, and Bonnie Hampton. In 2009, she was a participant in the Sibelius Academy Creative Dialogue (between Finland and the United States) led by Anssi Karttunen, an ardent proponent of contemporary compositions for solo cello. It was here that she was first introduced to EsaPekka Salonen’s music, along with music of several other leading contemporary composers.
Ms. Clopton is a passionate and avid chamber musician, and recently left her residence in Lucerne, Switzerland where she was the cellist of the Excelsa Quartet. For two years, they split their time between a Chamber Music Masters Degree at the Conservatory of Hochschule Luzern, and studying with the Alban Berg Quartett at the Hochschule Köln, Germany. In February of 2011, Excelsa Quartet won the Prix du “Jeune Jury” et Prix du Public at the Illzach International Chamber Music Competition in France. They also won First Prize and the Grand Prize at the Charles Hennen International Chamber Music Competition in the Netherlands in April 2011. They were participants in the renowned Premio Paolo Borciani, SalieriZinetti, and Credit Suisse International String Quartet Competitions. They have given extensive performances throughout Europe from 20102012 and recently completed their joint Masters Degree.
Ms. Clopton has most recently been involved in collaborations with the renowned composer and conductor EsaPekka Salonen. In 2012 she gave the Boston premiere of his virtuosic work for cello and orchestra entitled Mania and gave the Westcoast premiere of his Knock, breath, shine for solo cello. She currently resides just outside Washington, D.C. where she freelances, teaches, and is always pursuing new collaborations.