Internationally-renowned Cellist, Allison Yoshie Eldredge was born in New York City of Japanese and American parents. She began studying piano with her mother at 3 and started cello with Joan Lunde and Eleanore Schoenfeld in California and continued her studies with Harvey Shapiro and Yo-Yo Ma in New York. Allison Yoshie Eldredge has enjoyed a career as Cellist, Recording Artist and Teaching Artist. At age 12, Allison Yoshie Eldredge appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and with the New York Philharmonic and Music Director, Zubin Mehta at age 15. She took First Prize in the national Bronislaw Kaper Award Competition and performed as soloist with Andre Previn and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Allison Yoshie Eldredge has been awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant and Musical America has named Ms. Eldredge “Young Artist of the Year”. She released her Debut Album on Pony Canyon Classics of Romantic Cello Works and the Lalo and Saint Saens cello Concerti with Hans Vonk and the Royal Philharmonic in 1989. Ms. Eldredge has toured the U.S., Europe and Israel with the late legendary Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki at the baton, performing Krzysztof Penderecki’s Viola Concerto transcribed for cello and orchestra and Penderecki’s Concerto Grosso No. 1. For 3 Cellos as first cellist with the Philharmonic of Kraków, Warsaw, Łódź and Opole with Maestro Penderecki. Ms. Eldredge toured North America with Maestro Penderecki and made her Carnegie Hall debut as cello soloist with the Warsaw Sinfonia to a sold-out crowd. Allison Yoshie Eldredge gained further international attention when she made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing the Elgar Cello Concerto under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. Ms. Eldredge was heralded as “a cellist afraid of nothing” – Chicago Sun Times, and “a musician of remarkable gifts” – Chicago Tribune. The performances marked Daniel Barenboim’s first public performances of the Elgar Concerto since performing the work with his late wife, Cellist, Jacqueline Du Pre.
As an international solo cellist, Allison Yoshie Eldredge has performed with the world’s leading orchestras in Great Britain, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Israel, Ukraine, Japan, China, Poland, Canada, Uruguay, Scotland, Mexico and Czechoslovakia with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Moscow Virtuosi, the Berlin, Montreal, Budapest, Utrecht, Netherlands, Ukraine National State, Cyprus, Uruguay and Polish Radio Symphonies; and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, National State Orchestra of Mexico, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Puerto Rico Symphony and others. In Asia, she has appeared with the Osaka Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, China National Symphony, New Osaka Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic.
Ms. Eldredge studied at the Pre-College and College of the Juilliard School and serves on the Cello Faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory School (2000-current), Boston String Academy and Altschuler Summer Music Institute and maintains a private studio in Boston and in Connecticut. She is the Artistic Director of Young Talent Chamber Music and the Founder of Maestra – Women in Music. She also Founded the Foulger International Music Festival (2012-13). Her recordings and performances can be found on Spotify, YouTube and Instagram.