Conservatory Hosts Important Cello Residencies in 2016–17


The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to note that it will host three renowned cellists for residencies in the 2016­–17 academic year, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Keith Robinson, and Clancy Newman.  Each cellist will work with students in master classes and in other performance areas.  Conservatory Dean Peter Witte notes, "We look forward to connecting our students with Professors Jensen, Robinson, and Mr. Newman in the 2016–2017 year. These three cellists bring a wealth of experience as artists and educators to Kansas City.  Additionally, three superb cellists from the Kansas City Symphony join our faculty for 2016-2017.  Mark Gibbs, Alexander East, and Lawrence Figg are great musicians, educators, and collaborators."

Hans Jørgen Jensen, professor of cello, Northwestern University is in residence September 12–14. Jensen is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Jacob Gades Prize, a Danish Ministry of Cultural Affairs Grant for Musicians, Copenhagen Music Critics Prize of Honor, and Artist International Competition in New York.  He has also been named Outstanding Studio Teacher of the Year by the Illinois chapter of the American String Teachers Association and was granted a U.S. Presidential Scholar Teacher Recognition Award by the U.S. Department of Education. Jensen has performed as a soloist with the Copenhagen Symphony, Danish Radio Orchestra, Irish Radio Orchestra, and Basel Symphony Orchestra and is a faculty member at the Meadowmount School of Music. His students have won prizes in numerous national and international competitions.  Jensen studied at the Juilliard School with Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins and pursued private studies with Pierre Fournier, also appearing in his master classes.

Keith Robinson, assistant professor of cello, Kent State University joins the Conservatory October 10–12. Robinson is a founding member of the Miami String Quartet and has been active as a chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist since his graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music. Robinson has had numerous solo appearances with orchestras throughout the U.S. including the New World Symphony, The American Sinfonietta, and the Miami Chamber Symphony, and in 1989 won the P.A.C.E. "Classical Artist of the Year" Award. His most recent recording released on Blue Griffin Records features the Complete works for Cello and Piano with his colleague Donna Lee. Lynn René Bayley, Fanfare Magazine wrote: "I have sampled several CDs (of the works for cello and piano by Mendelssohn) and found them very fine, but my gut feeling is still to go with Robinson and Lee. This one is, quite simply, amazing."  He has performed the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven on many occasions with Donna Lee as well. As a member of the Miami Quartet he has recorded for BMG, CRI, Musical Heritage Society and Pyramid recording labels.

Clancy Newman, soloist and composer works with the Conservatory January 23–25, 2017. Newman, first prize winner of the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg International Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, has had the unusual career of a performer/composer. From Albany, NY, he began playing cello at age six, and at twelve he received his first significant public recognition when he won a Gold Medal at the Dandenong Youth Festival in Australia, competing against people twice his age. In the years that followed, he won numerous other competitions, including the Juilliard School Cello Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs competition, and the Astral Artists National Auditions. He has performed as soloist throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. He can often be heard on NPR’s “Performance Today” and has been featured on A&E’s “Breakfast With the Arts.” A sought-after chamber musician, he is a member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians and a former member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center. He has also toured as a member of “Musicians from Marlboro.” Mr. Newman is a graduate of the five-year exchange program between Juilliard and Columbia University, receiving a M.M. from Juilliard and a B.A. in English from Columbia. His teachers have included David Gibson, Joel Krosnick and Harvey Shapiro.






For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949