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Kristen Wojcik



Biography

An accomplished orchestral, chamber music and solo player, American cellist Kristen Wojcik has performed in countless premier venues around the world including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall, the Salzburg Festival’s Great Festival Hall and the Konzerthaus Berlin. Kristen has collaborated with a multitude of internationally-renowned musicians including members of the Juilliard String Quartet, members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, Christoph Eschenbach, Emmanuel Ax, Alan Gilbert, Nicholas McGegan, the Borromeo String Quartet, Matt Haimovitz, and Gilbert Kalish.

After being accepted to The Juilliard School in 2006, Ms. Wojcik pursued a bachelor’s and master’s degree with the renowned cellist and chamber musician, Darrett Adkins. During her studies, Kristen was granted the opportunity to take part in the first Les Arts Florissants Residency where she studied baroque cello under the guidance of William Christie, David Simpson and Phoebe Carrai of Antiqua Köln. Interested in pursuing different cultural pedagogies, Kristen was also given the opportunity and a full scholarship through ERASMUS and Juilliard to study with French cellists Roland Pidoux and Xavier Phillips at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP) for a semester.

Kristen joined the cello section of the Washington National Opera and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in 2012 after being appointed the position by Maestro Philippe Auguin. During her tenure with the orchestra, Kristen has taken part in numerous world premiers in the world of opera and ballet, and was part of WNO’s first complete Ring Cycle in the spring of 2016. Fascinated with the idea of combining art forms, Kristen was able to performed solo works including Saint-Saens’ The Swan and Madiba Cello Concerto with several dance companies in 2017. As an avid performer in the DC metro area, Kristen recently took part in several exciting projects outside the Kennedy Center - including a recording for the Smithsonian, recitals at the Kentlands Mansion and Dacor-Bacon House, and working with the Eclipse Ensemble. Kristen currently lives in Washington, DC.

Watch Past Performances

Video 1/15/2019: Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

Musicians from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra present Schubert’s Trio No. 2 in E flat Major for piano, violin and violoncello, D929 (1827).
 
Allegro
Andante con Moto
Scherzo: allegro moderato
Allegro moderato
 
Ko Sugiyama, violin
Kristen Wojcik, cello
Sun-A Park, piano

Kristen Wojcik