Allison Drenkow

Cello Teaching Assistant, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra

Cellist Allison Drenkow is an impassioned performer heralded by the Boston Globe as having “streamed through the spectrum of human emotions”. A soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and studio cellist alike, Allison enjoys a versatile performance career.

In recent years Allison has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall with Music for Life International alongside members of the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, and more. She has also appeared as guest soloist in the “Boston Bach Birthday” concert series and been featured in a commission project for the American Opera Projects. Performing up and down the East Coast, Allison can be heard as Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova and in concert with the Hartford Symphony, Cape Symphony, Atlantic Symphony and Boston Philharmonic. She has held Principal positions with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra (Japan), National Festival Orchestra (USA), and New England Conservatory Chamber and Philharmonia Orchestras.

Allison has been featured in numerous publications including the Boston Globe, Boston Musical Intelligencer, WQXR’s Q2 in New York, and Ongaku Gendai (“Music Today”) Magazine in Japan. An active chamber musician, she has been a member of various string quartets and contemporary music ensembles including Hub New Music Ensemble, the Nova String Quartet, and New England Conservatory Contemporary Ensembles. Over the years, Allison has also had the opportunity to work directly with the Juilliard, Emerson, Takacs, Borromeo, Brentano​, St. Lawrence, Biava, and Vienna Musikverein String Quartets.

Outside of performing, Allison serves as a mentor at the Boston String Academy and Roxbury Youth Orchestra. In another capacity, Allison strives to encourage and enable young classical musicians in her role as a member of the Scholarship & Admissions team for National Public Radio’s, “From the Top”.

Allison holds a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory. Her principal teachers include Natasha Brofsky and Alan Stepansky.