Critically acclaimed cellist Francesca McNeeley is in high demand as a collaborator and soloist. As a New Fromm Player at the Tanglewood Music Center, she premiered quartets by John Harbison, Mark Neikrug, and Kui Dong, and gave the “excellent” American premiere of Joseph Phibb’s first string quartet (Boston Globe). She has been fortunate to collaborate onstage with a range of powerhouse artists, including Dawn Upshaw, Stephanie Blythe, Tony Arnold, Leone Buyse, and Jason Treuting. As a chamber musician, she’s had the honor of learning from some of the great quartets and coaches of our time, including Kim Kashkashian, Lucy Chapman, the Cleveland Quartet, Concord Quartet, Juilliard Quartet, and Brentano Quartet.
She has been featured internationally on numerous series and festivals, including Houston’s Musiqa, Boston’s Callithumpian Consort, the Klangspuren Schwaz Festival in Austria, and the Festival Jong Talent Schiermonnikoog in the Netherlands. Most recently she traveled to Washington to perform chamber music in the Archipelago Collective and to Texas to perform a solo recital on the Phil Kramer Recital Series. Local musical collaborations have included performing with the Reciprocity Collaborative at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and a multimedia performance with Masary Studios at the Old South Meeting House. Ms. McNeeley completed her B.A. at Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and receiving the Isidore and Helen Sacks Memorial Prize. She completed her master’s degree under Norman Fischer at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. She has earned fellowships and prizes from the Tanglewood Music Center and the Music Academy of the West. She is currently completing her studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston as a Graduate Diploma student of Yeesun Kim.
In addition to performing, Ms. McNeeley is an active teacher and an enthusiastic proponent of community engagement. She currently serves as the Blogmaster for CelloBello.com, a major music education resource.