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Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Strings - Cello

Richard Hirschl

Cello

Richard Hirschl joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s cello section in 1989. A native of Washington, Missouri, he began cello lessons with his father, an amateur cellist. His intermediate studies were with Savely Schuster, associate principal cellist of the St. Louis Symphony. He was accepted into the class of Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins at the Juilliard School, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1987 and a master’s degree in 1988.

Hirschl was an associate teacher at Juilliard before moving to Chicago. He was the winner of the 1988 Juilliard Concerto Competition, 1988 Irving M. Klein International String Competition and 1980 St. Louis Symphony Scholarship Competition.

In addition to his New York debut with the Juilliard Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, Hirschl has given concerto performances with the Peoria Symphony, Jupiter Symphony, St. Louis Philharmonic, Maracaibo Symphony (Venezuela), National Repertory Orchestra, St. Louis Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York. He is pleased to be playing the Brahms Double Concerto with CSO Assistant Concertmaster David Taylor and the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra in September and the Strauss Don Quixote with CSO violist Lawrence Neuman and the St. Louis Philharmonic in March this season.

He has appeared in chamber music performances with celebrated pianists Daniel Barenboim, András Schiff and Ursula Oppens, cellist Lynn Harrell and violinist Vadim Repin. He is on the faculty of the Chicago Conservatory for the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where he also serves as head of the string department and has a large class of private students. He plays a beautiful Venetian cello made by Matteo Goffriller in 1710. He is the proud father of Ava Clare and Vivian Rose Hirschl.

September 2012

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