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Kris Yenney, Cello

Kris Yenney, M.M. (New England Conservatory) has furthered her music studies at such institutions as the Juilliard School, the Tanglewood Institute, the Banff Centre for the Arts, in India and in Scotland.

A sought-after chamber music player and coach, Kris also maintains a studio of private cello students. She can be found freelancing throughout the Bay Area, having sat in with Ensemble Monterey, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, San Jose and West Bay Opera Orchestras, Schola Cantorum and TheatreWorks ensembles, to name a few. She was a founding member of the Cutting Edge “Left Coast Ensemble” of San Francisco, Trio Con Brio of Palo Alto and the Celtic/Early Music trio, “Broceliande.”

As cellist in the New England String Quartet, Kris performed, competed and coached extensively. NESQ held residencies at U Mass Boston and the Five Colleges, created and performed Young Audiences programs at schools thoughout New England, recorded and traveled far and wide - from New York (Carnegie Hall/Weill Hall debut) to California from France to Jamaica and throughout greater New England. NESQ participated in the Tanglewood, Meadowmount and Yale/Norfolk Summer Festivals. Highlights included a command performance of Schubert’s C major “Cello Quintet” with Yo-Yo Ma in Boston and a series of collaborations with New York Jazz pianist and composer, Fred Hersch.

The first woman to win the National John W Work III Composers’ Competition, Ms Yenney was also honored by inclusion in “Who is Who in American Colleges and Universities (1984)” and more recently in “Who’s Who among America’s Teachers” for her work in Music Education.

Kris has been engaged in making music - with an emphasis on chamber music since her youth. She has - since 1999 - held the post of Director of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestras’ SuperStrings and Preparatory Ensembles and has served as guest conductor of PACO’s Senior, Emeritus and Festival ensembles and as Senior Faculty at their annual Summer Chamber Music Workshop.

Ms Yenney’s collection of stringed instruments of the World includes a Swedish Nyckelharpa, a Persian Kamanche, a Bulgarian Gadulka, a Hungarian Gardon, and Indian Sarangi and more. She commissioned Santa Cruz luthiers Fred Carlson and Suzy Norris to co-design and create a ten-stringed “Hardanger cello d’Amore” and recently acquired a baroque baryton. Her current sabbatical year will be dedicated in part to honing her skills on these and other instruments, numerous gigs with local ensembles, composing and enjoying living in the Santa Cruz Mountains along with her human and feline family.

Kris’s whimsical line drawings of musicians are featured on musical organizations’ promotional materials and programs and have appeared in numerous music magazines, web sites and on book and album jackets. A number of originals hang in private collections.