Cellist and New York native, Adriana Maria Pera, has established herself as equally at home in many genres of music. As a performer, she has been a cellist with the Slee Sinfonietta, Principal Cellist with the Symphony Orchestras of Toronto and Buffalo Universities, and a member of the Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra – a contemporary rock band. Ms. Pera has participated in the International Bach Festival, directed by Maestro Helmuth Rilling, and at the “June in Buffalo” Series, an annual festival of contemporary music hosting notables such as Steve Reich. Passionate about new music, she has performed Augusta Read Thomas' cello concerto, Passion Prayers and the world premiere of Vanity of the Heavens by Yoshiko Ando at THE SOUNDLAB. She also lead a performance of Boulez’s Mesagessaquisse – a cello septet. An engaging chamber musician, Ms. Pera has performed with many ensembles and been coached by the Orion and St. Lawrence String Quartets, Gryphon Trio, and has performed for Janos Starker, Leon Fleisher, Fred Sherry, and Menahem Pressler among others. In 2012 she embarked on an epic journey along side her former teacher Jonathan Golove performing Sofia Gubaidulina's cello quartet, Quaternion both at the University at Buffalo and at a theater, video, dance and music installation that took place inside a marine grain elevator called "American Grain". She received a Bachelor of Music from the University at Buffalo, a Master of Music from the University of Toronto, studying with Jonathan Golove and Shauna Rolston, respectively. Doctoral studies at the University of Toronto with David Hetherington of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. And an Artist Diploma from Purchase College with Julia Lichten of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. A dedicated educator, Ms. Pera maintains a private studio in addition to teaching cello, chamber music and music theory at the Music Conservatory of Westchester.
Genres: Classical, Contemporary, Bluegrass, Pop
Activities: Symphony, Chamber, Weddings, Lessons