Neal Cary

Neal Cary
Neal Cary

Neal Cary has been praised for his “robust tone and high-romantic Neal Cary has been praised for his “robust tone and high-romantic phrasing,” and the “tremendous amount of emotion and heart” he brings to his performances.

He has been principal cellist with the Richmond Symphony since 1988 and has served as principal cellist of the Williamsburg Symphony since 2002. In 1984, he joined the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, and has served as principal cellist every summer since 1988. In August of 2012 and 2016, Neal Cary performed in the All-Star Orchestra - an orchestra comprised of some of the finest musicians in the United States. This orchestra was created for the production of educational television programs and is now included as part of the educational mission of Khan Academy.

Previous to moving to Richmond, Neal Cary was co-principal cellist of the Kansas City Philharmonic, and assistant principal cellist of the Tulsa Philharmonic, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Denver Symphony orchestras. From 1994 -98, he was a member of the adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University. While a student at Juilliard, he was a chamber music teaching assistant to Earl Carlyss and Claus Adam in 1980 and 1981. While a student at Meadowmount during the summers of 1980 and 1981, he was a chamber music teaching assistant to Joseph Gingold.

In addition to his symphony work, Neal Cary maintains a large private teaching studio and has been a member of the performing artist faculty at the College of William and Mary since 1991. An avid chamber musician, he has had the opportunity to perform with many world-famous musicians at the Eastern Music Festival and has been a member of the Richmond Chamber Players since 1989.

Neal Cary's major teachers have included Pat Ficarra, Robert Newkirk, Channing Robbins, and the world-renowned Leonard Rose. Mr. Cary holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Catholic University, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School of Music.

Notable recital performances include those from memory of the 40 Popper Etudes and all the Bach Suites for Solo Cello. Concerto performances include nearly 50 performances of most of the major cello concertos, unusual works, and a world premiere with orchestras on the East Coast. YouTube videos of Mr. Cary include a live performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto, a performance of the Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2, and a video lesson on the Saint-Saëns. 

Neal is married to Catherine Cary, a violinist in the Richmond Symphony and at Eastern Music Festival. They have two children – daughter Emma, a cellist, and son Alan, a violinist.

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