Michael Dahlberg, cello
Michael Dahlberg - photo by Jesse Weiner
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Michael Dahlberg, cellist, is emerging as an engaging performer and educator in Boston and New York. After graduating from the New England Conservatory in May 2011, where he studied with Yeesun Kim of the Borromeo Quartet, he has explored music as a community-building tool, maintained a regular performance schedule and private studio.
During the 2011/2012 season, Dahlberg became the cellist of the Boston Public Quartet, performing across New England. In addition to the role as a professional string quartet, the group is also a team of teaching artists and co-organizers of the non-profit musiConnects, providing the communities of Mattapan and Roslindale with access to holistic music instruction, forums for creative collaboration and free performances. He now serves as Managing Director of musiConnects.
An active freelance cellist in Boston, Dahlberg plays regularly with the Juventas New Music Ensemble and Discovery Ensemble. This summer was his fourth at the Tanglewood Music Center where he was awarded the Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Award (2009) and featured in contemporary chamber works as a New Fromm Player (2011/12).
Recent projects emphasize the layered nature of Dahlberg’s early career. These range from collaborations with composers such as Oliver Knussen, Charles Wuorinen and John Zorn to shows with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Laura Grill Band. He has held leading positions as Mentor in the inaugural class of Arts Leaders at From the Top’s “Center for the Development of Arts Leaders,” faculty at the Community Music Center of Boston and guest teaching artist for the 7th annual Panama Jazz Festival. With the aid of an entrepreneurial grant from New England Conservatory in the spring of 2011, Dahlberg founded the “LilyPad Quartet” project, which aimed to refocus classical music performance on the relationship between artist and audience as people.
Visit his website at www.michaeldahlberg.com