Cellist Allison Eldredge first rose to the attention of classical music audiences when Music Director Daniel Barenboim invited her to perform the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This would be the first time Daniel Barenboim would conduct the Elgar Cello Concerto since performing it with his late wife, renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pre. The Chicago Tribune heralded Allison Eldredge as “a musician of remarkable gifts” and the Chicago Tribune hailed her as “a cellist afraid of nothing.”
Allison Eldredge was awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant and Musical America’s “Young Artist of the Year” Award in 1989. She has since performed in major concert halls on four continents, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the 92nd St. Y, Kennedy Center, Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Symphony Hall in Boston, the Berlin Philharmonie, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Royal Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam, Moscow Grand Hall, the Dvorak Hall in Prague, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and the White House.
As a soloist, she has performed with the world’s premiere orchestras, including the
the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Pops, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal Philharmonic, Moscow Virtuosi, Berlin Symphony, Montreal Symphony, the China National Symphony, Yomiuri Symphony, Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic and the Tokyo Philharmonic and many others. She has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Krzysztof Penderecki, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Hans Vonk, Lukas Foss, Sergiu Commissiona, Joseph Silverstein, Keith Lockhart, JoAnn Falletta, Stanislaw Skrowacewski, Eiji Oue, Jorge Mester, Mark Elder, Otto-Werner Mueller, David Afkham and Jaap van Sweden.
Allison Eldredge’s discography includes releases in 2010 of Haydn and Elgar Concerti for Arizona University Records and Denon Essentials. Previous releases include the Saint-Saens and Lalo Concerti with the Royal Philharmonic and conductor Hans Vonk, where American Record Guide wrote, “ Hers is virtuosity wholly at the service of the music.” Her acclaimed solo discography can be heard on Denon Records, Pony Canyon Classics, Denon Essentials, Arizona University Records and BMG.
In 2012, Allison Eldredge founded the Foulger International Music Festival, sponsored by the Sid and Mary Foulger Foundation. As Founder and Artistic Director, she presented a month-long performance series in Northern New Jersey consisting of concerts and master classes attracting luminaries of the classical music world. The mission of the Foulger International Music Festival is to train and nurture talented pre-college and pre-professional students for careers in classical music. Young musicians are taught by world-renowned Artists and are presented in concerts in Northern New Jersey and New York’s Lincoln Center.
Allison Eldredge was a member of the Boston Trio from 2001-2011 and served as Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival in Vermont from 2004-2011.
A dedicated and enthusiastic educator, Allison Eldredge has served on the faculty of Harvard University from 2009-2012 and currently serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.