Splitting her time between Miami and New York, violist KALLIE CIECHOMSKI is a member of New World Symphony and active participant in New York’s new music scene. A native of Portland, Maine, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Boston’s Symphony Hall, RadioFrance and Salle Pleyel in Paris, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, The Royal Albert Hall in London, and on National Public Radio. She has held principal positions with numerous orchestras including New World Symphony, and has played under the baton of conductors such as Michael Tilson-Thomas, Lorin Maazel, David Zinman, John Adams, and Robert Spano, among others. An avid chamber musician, she has performed with members of the New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, and Portland String Quartet, and won the Moritzburg Festival Prize and first place at the International Chamber Music Competition of New England.
Recent engagements include her solo debut with New World Symphony as part of their John Cage Festival, concerts in Austria at the Ensemble Modern festival, a European tour with the Aldeburgh World Orchestra, 31 premieres of new compositions, and performances with Ensemble sans maître, New York Chamber Virtuosi, Maine State Ballet, Opera Hispanica, Contemporaneous, Osso Quartet, and with Manhattan School of Music’s Faculty Concert Series and new music ensemble, Tactus.
Ciechomski’s 2013–14 season engagements include chamber music and orchestral performances with New World Symphony, a lecture/recital tour featuring unaccompanied contemporary viola works, concerts as guest violist of Friction Quartet in San Francisco, and a Carnegie Hall debut with new music ensemble Hotel Elefant as part of their David Lang residency. In her spare time, she enjoys performing, singing, and recording non-classical music, working with artists such as the MSM Jazz Philharmonic, Rustic Overtones, Ray Lamontagne, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, and Stevie Wonder.
She holds a B.M. degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a M.M. in Viola Performance from Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers include Karen Ritscher, Lawrence Dutton, Gerard Caussé, Pierre-Henri Xuereb, Gillian Rogell, Julia Adams, and Meg Gilette. www.kallieviola.com
Kallie Ciechomski's debut performance with Hotel Elefant was at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall in 2013, as part of David Lang and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble's "New Voices, New Music" workshop, where she performed a diverse array of repertoire from Mary Kouyoumdjian's folk-inspired This Should Feel Like Home to Pauline Oliveros' guided impovisations of 13 changes.