Cicely Parnas


Cicely Parnas
Cicely Parnas, cello

As First Prize Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, 19-year-old American cellist Cicely Parnas will make her New York recital debut in the Rhoda Walker Teagle Concert at Merkin Hall and her Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center. At the Auditions, she was awarded the Buffalo Chamber Music Society Concert Prize of YCA. Cicely Parnas made her Carnegie Hall debut in the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto with the New York String Orchestra under the baton of Jaime Laredo; The New York Times called her “an impressive soloist” who brought “keen imagination to her performance.” Other concerto engagements include the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Vermont Symphony under Jaime Laredo and a tour of France with L’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire. In Duo Parnas, she frequently performs and records with her sister, violinist Madalyn Parnas, and has concertized in the Parnas/Serkin Trio with pianist Peter Serkin. Duo Parnas’s most recent album on the Sheffield Lab label is In Real Time, which includes 21st century works by four American composers. Granddaughter of the illustrious American cellist, Leslie Parnas, Cicely Parnas started playing the cello at the age of four and made her concerto debut at eleven with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. She has studied with cellist Peter Wiley, and earned an Artist Diploma from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she won the 2011 Artistic Excellence Award and First Prize in the Cello Concerto Competition. She currently attends the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she works with Sharon Robinson. Ms. Parnas performs on a 1712 Giovanni Grancino violoncello.

(As of June 2013)