Saturday, September 24, 2016
The pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera ranks among the most highly-regarded and diverse chamber artists performing today, and maintains a career that has taken her to every major American music center and abroad to Europe, Russia, and Asian centers of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Seoul. Recent performances include those at Alice Tully Hall, Zankel Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y, Jordan Hall, Gardener Museum, Kennedy Center, and Salle Cortot; as well as appearances at the Caramoor, Bard, and Grand Teton festivals. She has also performed with the Chamber Music Societies of Philadelphia and La Jolla. She has recorded for EMI, Audiophon, and Centaur Records.
Noreen Cassidy-Polera has collaborated with leading soloists including David Shifrin, Matt Haimovitz, Carter Brey, Antonio Menesis, Aurora-Natalie Ginastera, Yo-Yo Ma, and Leonard Rose. Winner of the Accompanying Prize at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, she regularly collaborates with laureates of the Queen Elisabeth, Tchaikovsky, and Naumburg international competitions.
Ms. Cassidy-Polera’s mastery and affection for the complete standard cello-piano repertory is well-known, as is her attention and dedication to the works of living composers. In recent seasons she performed Elliott Carter’s Sonata for Cello and Piano on tour in Paris, New York, and Philadelphia, along with new works by Lowell Liebermann, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, and Kenji Bunch to critical acclaim. Her CD recording Sound Vessels(with cellist Scott Kluksdahl) features the recording premiere of Richard Wernick’s Duo, and works by Robert Helps, Augusta Read Thomas, as well as Elliott Carter.
Noreen Cassidy-Polera holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Martin Canin.