Cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach has been lauded for the “gripping emotion” and “powerful artistry” of her interpretations. She has appeared extensively across the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America as a founding member of the string sextet Concertante, in ensembles, and as a soloist with orchestras conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich, James DePreist, and Peter Oundjian, among others. She has performed at major festivals including Marlboro, Aspen, Bridgehampton, La Musica, and the Caramoor Summer Music Festival, and has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A frequent collaborator with dancers, she has also performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company and New York City Ballet’s principal dancer, Damian Woetzel.
Gerlach has commissioned and premiered new chamber works from preeminent composers, including Kevin Puts, Lowell Liebermann, Shulamit Ran, Richard Danielpour, Tigran Mansurian, and Paul Moravec, and has worked with many others including Philip Glass, Thomas Adès, Osvaldo Golijov, and Bright Sheng.
Born in New York City, Gerlach first studied cello at The Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division and graduated from The Yale School of Music and The Juilliard School. Her recording with pianist Fabio Bidini of the Franck and Rachmaninoff Sonatas is released on the Encore Performance label.