Ella Toovy, cellist
Cellist Ella Toovy has performed worldwide in recitals, chamber music concerts in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, as well as in her native country of Israel. Her playing was noted for “possessing capacity of cantabile to great finesse–so well balanced with sonority and expression” (Cuban Daily Newspaper) and described as “breathtaking” (New Music Connoisseur). Her work was recorded for television and radio broadcasts internationally in Spain, France and Israel. Currently residing in New York City, Ms. Toovy performed in New York’s most prestigious venues such as Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Steinway Hall. Festival appearances include the Kfar Bloom Chamber Music Festival, Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, The Musica Viva Festival, The Grandes De La Musica Festival, and the New York Summer Music Festival. She collaborates frequently with musicians and ensembles in New York City and beyond, and has performed with flutist Linda Chesis, clarinetist Anthony McGill, pianists Joanne Polk and Daniel Epstein, members of the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Ying Quartet, among others.
An active chamber musician increasingly interested in contemporary and twentieth century chamber music, Ella founded the LINK ensemble in 2007. The group is constructed as a mixed instrumental (Pierrot) ensemble and performs work from the growing body of works for this quintessential contemporary consort, as well as exploring all possible variations and combinations of its members in smaller groups. The 2007-08 season marks the group’s inaugural season with several exciting performances in New York City and beyond, including outreach family concerts and an educational residency at the University of Pennsylvania in West Chester. For more information about the ensemble’s profile and activities please visit www.linkensemble.org
A dedicated teacher in growing demand, Ms. Toovy’s cello and chamber music students are some of the finest young musicians today. She works closely with the younger generation of musicians as a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division, the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, the Lucy Moses School, and the New York Summer Music Festival in SUNY Oneonta.
Currently a doctoral candidate at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in the studio of Mr. Jonathan Spitz, Ms. Toovy earned her MM from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Alan Stepansky, a BA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she earned a degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Musicology, and a performance BM from the Academy for Music and Dance in Jerusalem where she studied with Professor Shmuel Magen. She has played in master classes for Steven Isserlis, Janos Starker, Arnold Steinhardt, and Aldo Parisot and has studied chamber music with Isidore Cohen, Jacob Lateiner, Hagai Shaham, and Sylvia Rosenberg.