Haitian-America cellist Francesca McNeeley is an avid chamber musician, as well as a fierce advocate for contemporary music. As a New Fromm Player at the Tanglewood Music Center she premiered string quartets by John Harbison, Mark Neikrug, and Kui Dong, and gave the “excellent” American premiere of Joseph Phibbs’ first quartet (Boston Globe). She’s additionally premiered works by Augusta Reed Thomas, Abigail Richardson-Schulte, and Donnacha Dennehy, among others. She’s had the honor of learning from some of the great chamber musicians of our time, including Kim Kashkashian, Lucy Chapman, the Cleveland Quartet, and Brentano Quartet, and received numerous chamber music distinctions in school.
Ms. McNeeley completed her B.A. at Princeton University, and her master’s degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. She has earned fellowships and prizes from the Tanglewood Music Center, the Music Academy of the West, and the Toronto Summer Music Festival. This season she is featured in the University of Pennsylvania’s Rochberg @ 100 performances, the New Gallery Concert Series, and Yellowbarn's 2018-2019 Artist Residencies. She recently completed a graduate diploma at the New England Conservatory in the studio of Yeesun Kim; other mentors and teachers have included Tom Kraines, Norman Fischer, and Astrid Schween.