Carlton McCreery

Carlton McCreery

Professor of Cello

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CARLTON MCCREERY began formal cello studies with Paul Katz (founding member of the Cleveland Quartet) and later with Peter Howard (Principal Cello of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra). Following his MM degree in Cello Performance at the University of Michigan, he had further study with such noted artists as Lynn Harrell, Stephen Kates, Gregor Piatigorsky and Antonio Janigro at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria where is was the only American selected to perform in the Mozarteum Festival Concert Hall


His first academic appointment was at the age of 23 at Pittsburg State University, where he was a member of the Resident String Quartet. He later served as Professor of Cello at Missouri State University and at Lawrence Conservatory of Music.

Mr. McCreery has concertized in China, South America, Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Switzerland and the cultural centers of Boston, Washington, D.C. and New York. The Bucaramanga Vanguardia Liberal wrote that the performance showed “flawless interpretation and . . . refined beauty.”   “He dealt with the variety of moods with a high degree of virtuosity.” said the Meridian Star and the Birmingham News said, “Carlton McCreery performed musically, with clean intonation and flawless rhythm . . .” Following his concert on the Great Performance Series in Charleston, SC, the News and Courier exclaimed how he “created stunning climaxes with his virtuosity and equally clean technique.” The Atlanta Constitution wrote “Whirlwind tempos were coupled with spectacular power that literally had some members of the audience shaking their heads in admiration.”

“…vital involvement in the stuff of each piece.” said The New York Times.


Mr. McCreery has collaborated in performance with such renowned artists as Aaron Copland, Pierre Boulez, Robert Shaw, Malcolm Frager, Charles Treger, Paul Rolland, David Schiffrin, Ransom Wilson, Andres Cardenes, Roberto Diaz, Andres Diaz, Miles Hoffman, Carlos Prieto Jr. Carlos Prieto Sr. and William Preucil.


McCreery recently completed his tenure as Artist-Faculty of the Brevard Music Center, where he was Principal Cellist of the Brevard Music Center Festival Orchestra. He was appointed to the Artist-Faculty of the CICA International Music Festival and most recently to the Orfeo International Music Festival in the Italian Alps.


Mr. McCreery continues to be a spokesperson for the international Super-Sensitive Musical String Company. As an educator, McCreery is in constant demand. His former students perform with prestigious orchestras and teach at universities and music festivals through out the country. He also serves as Principal Cello of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.


McCreery has owned several remarkable cellos, including a Scarampella, a Carl Becker (1930) and a beautiful Venetian cello on which he performs.