After meeting a cello in an instrument petting zoo for the first time, Allegra Montanari knew she had found the instrument for her. Twelve years later, this love at first sight has blossomed into an exciting and promising career.
Allegra has performed extensively in orchestras across the nation. She has had the pleasure of playing principal for orchestras of the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Round Top Festival Orchestra and the Spoleto Festival USA. Allegra is currently an Associate Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and a Finalist for the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida.
Also an avid chamber musician, Allegra frequently performs around the city of Chicago and is always eager for new opportunities. She has received chamber instruction from some of the foremost musicians of our time including Shmuel Ashkenasi, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Roger Chase and William Preucil. She has performed chamber recitals throughout the United States and has collaborated with artists such as the Pacifica Quartet, Stefan Hersh and Orion Weiss.
Not only a performer, Allegra also enjoys teaching the art of cello playing. She maintains a small studio in downtown Chicago and is a Registered Teacher for the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She completed training at the Chicago Suzuki Institute - Music Institute of Chicago and has studied pedagogy from teachers such as Barbara Wampner, Michele George and Helga Winold.
Ms. Montanari graduated from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with High Distinction and a Business Minor. There Allegra studied with Professor Emilio Colon. Allegra completed her Masters at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where she was a student of John Sharp, Principal Cellist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
For more information, you may visit Allegra's website: www.allegracello.com
Photo Credit @ Sarah Hoskins.