Clancy Newman, cello
Newman's creative output includes the phenomenal Pop-unpopped series of solo cello pieces based on U.S. Billboard Chart #1 hits.
The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote of his Brahms "Newman played the tricky Cello Sonata No. 2 Op. 99. In the opening seconds, the primary melody encompasses opposite extremes in the cello's range, and few performers are comfortable enough with it to account for why. Newman's exceptional technique seeks not to scintillate but integrate, spotlighting individual notes without having them step out of a meaningful legato line. Thus, he projected interpretive ideas even in Brahms' knottiest moments, making the opening passage a musical question and answer - and a matter of utmost importance. From there, no other performance of Op. 99 (and as a Brahms geek, I've heard plenty) so masterly told the story of this piece." (David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer)
About Clancy Newman:
First prize winner of the 2001 Walter W. Naumburg International Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004, cellist Clancy Newman has a dual career as both performer and composer. As a cellist, he has performed as soloist in most of America's major cities, and has been a member of several of the countries most distinguished ensembles: Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center, Musicians from Marlboro and in an acclaimed trio with pianist Yael Weiss and violinist Mark Kaplan.
In performance of an extensive concerto repertoire -- from Barber to Elgar to Shostakovich - Clancy Newman has performed as concerto soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, the symphonies of North Carolina, Jacksonville, Richmond, Hartford, Santa Fe and ProMusica, among many others. His recitals throughout the United States have included a Lincoln Center recital at Alice Tully Hall that garnered enormous critical acclaim. Newman has appeared on A & E's Breakfast with the Arts, can often be heard on American Public Media's Performance Today.
Originally from Albany, NY, Mr. Newman began playing cello at the age of six, and at twelve he received his first significant public recognition when he won the Gold Medal for Strings at the Dandenong Youth Festival in Australia, competing against instrumentalists twice his age. In the years that followed, he won numerous other competitions, including the Juilliard School Cello Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs competition, and the Astral Artists National Auditions.
He developed an interest in composition at an early age, writing his first piece when he was seven. Under Astral's auspices, his String Quartet (2002), Sonata for Cello and Piano (2004), and "Four Seasons" for cello and chamber orchestra (2005) received their world premieres. He premiered his Four Pieces for Solo Cello (2003) at the Violoncello Society in New York City. He has received commissions from Astral Artists, the Barnett Foundation, the Carpe Diem String Quartet, and the UBS Chamber Music Festival of Lexington. His works have been featured on the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's "Double Exposure" series and the Chicago Chamber Musicians' "Freshly Scored" series, and has received numerous distinguished commissions.
Upon receiving a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School, he became one of the first students to complete the five-year exchange program between Juilliard and Columbia University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Mr. Newman's teachers have included David Gibson, Joel Krosnick and Harvey Shapiro.
"Newman's piece built from a lush, chorale-like treatment of its folk-melodic material into an increasingly violent furor on the strings - punctuated by percussive eruptions from the keyboard - before starting to wittily jump-cut back and forth between well-mannered chorale and haywire explosiveness." [Clancy Newman's "Juxt-Opposition" at the Kennedy Center] Washington Post
"Newman...seems to be in a class of his own..."
The Philadelphia Inquirer
"brought the audience to its feet in a standing ovation."
"Newman was exceptional...playing with bristling intensity.... a tour de force."
Chicago Classical Review
"The youthful Newman once again proved that he is an exceptional cellist"
"Newman played it with an exhilarating energy and a clear sense of its contours." [Ligeti Sonata for Solo Cello]
The New York Times
"Kaplan and Newman matched each other perfectly in the execution of Brahms' by turns argumentative and intimate duet writing. Each musician had mastered the individual challenges of the piece (including some fiendishly difficult double-stops in both parts) and turned their attention to the intricate dialog that makes the concerto unique in the genre. The finale... displayed the soloists at the peak of their powers, and brought the audience to its feet" [Brahms Double Concerto, Springfield Symphony]
"His projection of the taxing cello part in the Beethoven sonata realized both the tigerish intensity of the more energetic sections and the (suitably!) Olympian serenity that prevails through much of the work." [Olympic Music Festival]
"It was exhilarating to watch....Newman had no difficulty projecting his aggressive, hard-edged sound." [Barber Cello concerto]
"Newman quickly won listeners' hearts, exhibiting both a sensitivity and intensity..."
"Newman's technical mastery proved entirely dazzling."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Newman reminds me a bit of Joshua Bell. He is a throwback to those golden days when string players were not afraid to express themselves with generous amounts of vibrato."
New York Sun
"Hooray for Clancy Newman. This upstate New York native is one of the most acclaimed young cellists out there"
Philadelphia City Paper
"His technique is brilliant but not showy and so natural that one forgets about it; playing with impeccable intonation and great speed and facility, he projects a sense of absolute security. His tone is dark, warm, and intense, with remarkable carrying power even in a floating pianissimo."
New York Concert Review
"The program opened with [Yael] Weiss and Newman in a charm-exuding performance of Schumann's Fantasiestucke for Cello and Orchestra, Opus 73."
"I knew from the moment Newman began to spin out the gorgeous open-hearted melody that opens the work that this performance was going to be special."
ArkivMusic.com [CD review]
Barber Cello Concerto (excerpt)
Chopin: Sonata (III)
Mendelssohn: Sonata (IV)
Newman: Method to Madness
Newman: Pizzicato Piece
Aaron Jay Kernis Trio in Red
Pop-Unpopped Videos (including Uptown Funk with kids)
Bloch: Schelomo excerpt
Beethoven Sonata opus 69
The Pizzicato Piece