Described as “poised, polished, and passionate” by The Washington Post, Kacy Clopton, began playing the cello at age five in her hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. She holds a Graduate Diploma and a Master’s Degree from the New England Conservatory (NEC) where she studied under Natasha Brofsky. As a recipient of a 2003 National Merit Award, she received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the School of Music at the University of Maryland as a student of Evelyn Elsing and Peter Wiley.
Ms. Clopton won the Strings Concerto Competition at NEC in 2010 and had the honor of performing Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante in Jordan Hall under the baton of Hugh Wolff. In 2012 she collaborated with famed conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen and gave several attention-grabbing performances of his newest works for cello. When giving the Boston premiere of Salonen’s Mania, a demanding work for cello and orchestra, the Boston Globe described Ms. Clopton as a “superb soloist”. On the opposite coast, the San Francisco Chronicle pronounced her a true “virtuoso,” in her West-coast premieres of several of Salonen’s works in an evening dedicated to this celebrated musician. She was a semifinalist at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Concerto Competition in 2009 and in the same year was a finalist for a position in the renowned St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She has won several other prestigious concerto competitions, giving her the privilege of performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with various orchestras in the United States. She has performed frequently at Jordan Hall and Sanders Theatre in Boston, at the Millennium Stage and the Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center, The National Gallery of Art Concert Series, the German and Hungarian Embassies, and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. By invitation from the White House she has performed for the First Lady of China.
In the summer of 2010, Kacy was invited to Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, where she worked with Bonnie Hampton, Donald Weilerstein, and Peter Frankl. She has performed in masterclasses with Anner Bijlsma, Pieter Wispelwey, Janos Starker, Trüls Mørk, Bernard Greenhouse, Lynn Harrell, Orland Cole, Anssi Karttunen, Eleanor Schoenfeld, and Yo-Yo Ma. She has collaborated with and been coached by members of the Alban Berg Quartet, the Ying Quartet, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Peabody Trio, the Diaz Trio, the Cleveland Quartet, the Guarneri Quartet, David Takeno, and Roger Tapping. She has also had extensive orchestral experience, working under such conductors as Emil de Cou, Hugh Wolff, David Loebel, David Effron, Robert Spano, and Christoph Eschenbach.
Ms. Clopton is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Maryland School of Music.