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Masterclass Opportunities

The Elgin Symphony brings world class guest artists every season to work one-on-one with talented local students in front of an audience at the Gail Borden Public Library. These presentations are free and open to the public. Whether you are a teacher, student, or music lover, the ESO masterclasses will enlighten anyone interested in the learning process.


Masterclass with ESO Principal Cellist Matthew Agnew

Where: Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Hwy, Barrington

Date: February 15, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Matthew Agnew studied Suzuki cello from age four with Marilyn Kesler in Okemos, Michigan. In High School he had the benefit of orchestra instruction and guidance from Shirley Mullins, a Janos Starker student, and cello instruction from Jane Katsuyama of the Dayton Philharmonic. He attended DePaul University on scholarship and studied with William Cernota from the Lyric Opera Orchestra. In 2001 he won second place at the Lansing Matinee Musicale Richardson Awards.

Matthew is the principal cellist of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2002. He also plays with several Chicago area orchestras, including Chicago Opera Theater, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and the Joffrey Ballet. In 2005 he was awarded the assistant principal position with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, a summer festival orchestra in Lancaster, Ohio.

On February 2, 2020, he will be performing the Saint-Säens Cello Concerto with the Fox Valley Orchestra.

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Contact Wendy Evans, Director of Community Engagement at w.evans@elginsymphony.org

847-888-0404 ex. 238