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Robert deMaine is an American virtuoso cellist who has been hailed by The New York Times as "an artist who makes one hang on every note". He has distinguished himself as one of the finest and most versatile instrumentalists of his generation, performing to critical acclaim as soloist, recitalist, orchestral principal, recording artist, and chamber musician. In 2013 he was invited to join the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Cello.

A first-prizewinner in many national and international competitions, deMaine was the first cellist ever to win the grand prize at San Francisco's Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings. As soloist, he has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Neeme Jarvi, Peter Oundjian, Joseph Silverstein, and Leonard Slatkin, and has performed nearly all the major cello concertos with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he served as principal cello for over a decade. deMaine has also served as a gust principal in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Norway).

Rober deMiane's principal teachers include Leonard Rose, Steven Doane, Paul Katz, ALdo Parisot, Luis Garcia-Renart, and Felix Galimir, and his frequent chamber music collaborators include James Ehnes, Hilary Hahn, Ani and Ida Kavafian, and pianists Emanuel Ax, Orion Weiss, and Yefin Bronfman. He has made regular appearances at the international music festivals of Marlboro, Aspen, Heidelberg, San Miguel de Allende, Montreal, and Seattle and is also the cellist of the highly acclaimed Ehnes String Quartet as well as the newly formed Dicterow-deMaine-Biegel Trio.

As a composer, Robert deMaine has written several works for the cello, including a set of Twelve Etudes-Caprices. Among the works specially composed for him are Summer Verses for Violin and Cello by Christopher Theofanidis. Other composers whose works have either been dedicated to or premiered by deMaine include Kenneth Fuchs, Jeffrey Mumford, and Joel Eric Suben.

deMaine has recorded for the Chandos, Naxos, and Onyx labels and had three new releases  in the 2013-14 season: the Haydn Cello Concertos with the Moravian Philharmonic (Cambria), a recital disc with pianist Andrew Armstrong (Cambria), and the John Williams Cello Concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony (Naxos).

deMaine studied at The Julliard School, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Southern California, Yale University and the Kronberg Academy in Germany. He is represented as a solo artist by McAlister Arts LLC.

For more information, please visit his official website at

Thursday, January 24, 2013: 7:00 pm Concert

Friday, January 25, 2013: 7:30 pm Concert

Saturday, January 26, 2013: 6:30 pm Recital

Saturday, January 26, 2013: 7:30 pm Concert