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Six Questions: Clare Monfredo, Cello
CLARE MONFREDO is a New York City-based cellist committed to chamber music and collaboration across the arts. She has performed extensively abroad, most recently as a guest with Ensemble Intercontemporain. As a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Clare was the recipient of the Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Award and worked closely with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax. In 2016-17 she studied in Leipzig, Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship. Monfredo received her MM from Rice University and is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Graduate Artist Award. Clare is currently a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. | Sponsored By Pat And Kurt Steele
What is a favorite non-musical activity / what do you enjoy doing on your down time?
Anything outside in this beautiful weather! I especially love going to Tobey Pond (in Norfolk).
What are the first 5 items on your playlist?
I don’t really listen to playlists but 5 albums I’ve been into lately:
Esperanza Spalding: Emily’s D+ Evolution
Arthur Russell: Love is overtaking me
Haitus Kaiyote: Choose Your Weapon
Zehaitmair Quartett: Robert Schumann SQs
Janelle Monae: Dirty Computer
What book are you currently reading?
Outline by Rachel Cusk
Why did you choose your instrument?
My older sister started on the violin, and being the younger/competitive child I was very jealous and wanted to play too. However, my parents thought it was a bad idea for us to play the same instrument so I started on the cello.
Do you have any pre-concert traditions?
I like to relax and then listen to upbeat funk as I get ready for a performance.
If you could create and play in any chamber ensemble, whom would it include?