Ensemble Epomeo

String Trio

Kenneth Woods, cello

Kenneth Woods, cello

Biography

Cellist, conductor and author Kenneth Woods is now widely recognized in the US and Europe as a musician of rare versatility, equally at home as conductor, recitalist, chamber musician and soloist. A founding member of the NEA Rural Residency Grant winning Taliesin Trio, he has concertized throughout the US and Canada, and has also been heard as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and New Zealand. He has also been the cellist of the Masala String Quartet from 1993-1999. He was artist-in-residence, member of the Eastern Piano Trio while serving as director of strings and chamber music at Eastern Oregon University from 1999-2002. Concerto appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, the Grande Ronde Symphony, Cambridge Symphony,  Gonzaga Symphony, Boston Chamber Orchestra, Lancashire Chamber Orchestra, Blue Mountain Festival Chamber Orchestra, Oregon East Symphony, and the Madison Philomusica. He has been heard in radio broadcasts on NPR, the BBC and the CBC, and recorded for Vienna Modern Masters.Festival appearances include the Festival at Sandpoint, Great Lakes Chamber Festival, Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, Schloss Weinberg Festival in Austria, Chautauqua Institute, Domaine Forget Festival in Canada, Wallowa Lake Chamber Music Festival and the International Festival Institute at Round Top.

He is currently an affiliate artist with the Two Rivers Festival, the Scotia Festival of Music and is cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo, with whom he records for Avie Records. Intensely committed to new music, Mr. Woods has collaborated with such composers as Bruce Adolphe, Gerhard Samuel, John Corigliano, Oliver Knussen, and Peter Lieberson, and has given numerous premieres. As a cellist he has been recipient of the Aspen Fellowship, and is the only person to have received the Dale Gilbert Award, given annually to the “Outstanding String Performer in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music” in consecutive years. Also while in Madison, he held the Strelow Quartet Fellowship, as a member of the graduate quartet-in-residence. Kenneth Woods’s chamber music colleagues include members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Pro Arte, Audubon, La Salle and Tokyo Quartets,  the Cincinnati, Chicago, and Toronto Symphonies, and the Minnesota, Gewandhaus and Concertgebouw Orchestras.

Kenneth Woods plays a cello of Italian origin believed to be made by the great Pesaro maker Mariani in the 1640′s.

A fluent and busy writer who finished his first novel at the age of 13, Kenneth Woods is the author of the blog A View From the Podium, where he writes about music, conducting, cello playing and the life of a traveling musician. Consistently one of the most popular classical music blogs in  the world, it has been blog of the month in Gramophone Magazine, and has received favorable notice from the music critics of the Independent, the New Yorker, Wall Street Journal and others.Ken’s hobbies include cycling, complaining about the Green Bay Packers, cooking and hiking with his son Sam,  his daughter Esther, and his wife, the violinist Suzanne Casey.