member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1986, Gary Stucka began playing
cello at the age of 8, receiving his first lessons at the Park View School in
Morton Grove, Illinois. He subsequently studied with Harry Sturm and Leonard
Chausow. As a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, he received the Louis
Sudler Foundation for the Musical Arts Award. Stucka continued his studies as a
scholarship student of Karl Fruh at Roosevelt University’s Chicago Musical
College (Chicago College of Performing Arts), where he received both bachelor’s
and master’s degrees. He formerly was assistant principal cello of the Grant
Park Symphony, and he served as principal of the Winnipeg Symphony from 1977 to
1981, he joined the Cleveland Orchestra, where he remained until joining the
has been a member of the Pressenda Trio since 1989, and he has also performed
with the Chicago Symphony String Quartet. In addition to numerous
appearances on WFMT and as soloist with numerous orchestras around the U.S. and
Canada, Stucka has served on the faculties of the Chicago College of Performing
Arts and Northwestern University.
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