Loretta O'Sullivan









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Loretta O'Sullivan


29 Myrtle Avenue
Edgewater, NJ 07020

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"an agile, eloquent player"
(New York Times)

Ms. O'Sullivan who performs on Baroque, Classical, and modern cello is one of America's most honored and valued continuo players and is equally admired for her poetic and refined interpretations of the solo cello repertory from its earliest days through the 19th century. She has played key roles in chamber ensembles including the Four Nations Ensemble, The Haydn Baryton Trio and the Classical Quartet. In concert

and recording, Ms. O'Sullivan has given memorable performances of music by Frescobaldi, Caldara, Porpora, Leclair, Handel, Haydn, Schobert, Mozart and Beethoven, performing cello sonatas, concertos, trio sonatas, arias with cello obbligato, string quartets and virtually every form and format in three centuries of well known and rarely heard music.

Ms. O'Sullivan also plays key roles in American music making as continuo cellist for both Opera Lafayette with whom she has performed works of Philidor, Monsigny and Francouer at the Opera de Versailles as principal cellist. She is continuo and principal cellist for the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, one of America's most venerable musical organizations. On modern cello, Ms. O'Sullivan is heard with the St Luke's Orchestra in New York.

Ms. O'Sullivan has performed at halls including Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Concert Hall, the New York Historical Society, Columbia University, Yale University, London's Wigmore Hall, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, and Esterhazy Palace in Austria and in festivals including Mostly Mozart in New York, Ottawa Chamber Music Fest, the New England Bach Festival and New Haven's Festival of Arts and Ideas.

As a teacher and lecturer Ms. O'Sullivan has participated in residencies for University students as well as arts in education programs for children from 5 to 18 years old. Loretta gave a pre-concert lecture for Yo-Yo Ma's performance of the Bach Cello Suites in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and has given performance practice master classes at Brooklyn College, the University of Iowa, Memphis State University, and the University of Wisconsin. She has coached baroque cellists at Rutgers University, Mannes School of Music, and The Juilliard School.

Her performances of the complete Geminiani Sonatas with the Four Nations Ensemble can be heard on Orchid Classics. Previous recorded solo performances include sonatas of Vivaldi and Porpora as well as her own transcription of the Biber Passacaglia.


The Washington Bach Consort
Opera Lafayette – Ryan Brown
Bethlehem Bach Festival – Greg Funfgeld, Christopher Jackson
New York Collegium – Gustave Leonhardt, Rhinehart Goebel
Florida Grand Opera – Harry Bickett
The Grand Tour – Charles Brink
New England Bach Festival – Blanche Moyse
American Bach Soloists – Jeffrey Thomas
Mostly Mozart – Trevor Pinnock
Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra – Jaap Schroeder, Ken Slowik
Portland Baroque – Ken Slowik
Apollo Ensemble – John Hsu
Artek – Gwen Toth

Carnegie Recital Hall – modern cello
Merkin Concert Hall – baroque cello
University of Iowa

Four Nations Ensemble
Aston Magna
Classical Quartet
Haydn Baryton Trio
Red Cedar Chamber Music
Bach Aria Group – Bayview, Michigan
Duo recitals – David Breitman


Performance Practice
Cello Masterclass – University of Iowa
Residencies with the Four Nations Ensemble
    Jacksonville Symphony, Florida
    Amarillo Symphony, Texas
    University of Florida, Tallahassee
    Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania
    Kings College, Pennsylvania
    Bucknell University, Pennsylvania
    Lincoln Center Institute
Artek Institute – New York City
Faculty, Aston Magna Academy – Rutgers University, New Jersey
Continuo Coaching – Rutgers University, New Jersey
Pre-Concert lecture/demonstration with Larry Lipkis for Yo Yo Ma's
    performance of the Bach Cello Suites – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Coaching with the Bach Aria Group – Bayview, Michigan

Faculty Coach – Manhattan College, NYC
Teaching fellowship – Hartt College of Music
Julius Hartt School of Music
Third Street Music School

Private Teaching
Cello lessons at all levels
Lessons to professional cellists on Baroque Cello

Bachelors of Music – Manhattan School of Music
Masters of Music – Hartt College of Music
Performance Practice – Stanley Ritchie, Jaap Schroeder, John Hsu and
    Sally Sanford
Private Studies – Harvey Shapiro, Evangeline Bennedetti, Barbara Stein Mallow
    and John Hsu
Nicholas Anderson – teaching techniques of Margaret Rowell
Alexander Technique – Pearl Ausubel, Evangeline Benedetti, and Cynthia Reynolds
School for Strings – one year Suzuki Training