Nina and Billy Albert Chair in Cello Studies
Carter Brey was appointed principal cello of the New York Philharmonic in 1996 and has performed numerous times as a soloist with the orchestra under the batons of Kurt Masur, André Previn, Christian Thielemann, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Alan Gilbert, and Christoph Eschenbach. Mr. Brey rose to international attention in 1981 as a prizewinner in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. He has also won the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Prize, Avery Fisher Career Grant, Young Concert Artists' Michaels Award, and other honors, and he was the first musician to win the Arts Council of America's Performing Arts Prize. Mr. Brey has performed as soloist with many of America's major symphony orchestras.
As a chamber musician, he has made regular appearances with the Tokyo and Emerson string quartets, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival in the United States and Italy, and the Santa Fe and La Jolla chamber music festivals, among others. His discography includes the complete works of Chopin for cello and piano with Garrick Ohlsson (Arabesque); and The Latin American Album (Helicon Records), featuring compositions from South America and Mexico, with Christopher O'Riley. Mr. Brey studied with Laurence Lesser and Stephen Kates at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and with Aldo Parisot at Yale University.
Mr. Brey joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008.