Nancy Ives

Photo: Joe Cantrell

Photo: Joe Cantrell

Nancy Ives is Principal Cello of the Oregon Symphony. Since coming to the Pacific Northwest, she has been a featured soloist with the Oregon Symphony, Cascade Festival Orchestra, Clark College Orchestra and Vancouver (WA) Symphony. Of her Elgar Concerto with Huw Edwards and the Portland Columbia Symphony, a concert that was broadcast on AllClassical FM, Oregon Music News said, “She played with passion, superbly conveying the feeling of loss that is so prevalent in this piece.”

She received her B.M. from the University of Kansas (studies with Ed Laut) and M.M. and D.M.A. from Manhattan School of Music (studies with Marion Feldman.) While living in New York City, her diverse activities ranged from working with new music groups such as NorthSouth Consonance and Musicians Accord and being solo and principal cello with groups such as the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and American Chamber Opera Company to appearing with Laurie Anderson and Gal Costa an the BAM Next Wave Festival and with Nana Vasconcelos at The Knitting Factory and at Merkin Hall. She can be heard on recordings with rock star Lenny Kravitz and on soundtracks for the PBS series Nature and the Smithsonian. During several years on tour with Phantom of the Opera, she performed a comedy routine about the cello in AIDS benefits across the country.

Nancy is an avid chamber musician with a particular interest in new music, and in addition to being a member of fEARnoMUSIC is a frequent guest of groups such as Chamber Music Northwest, 45th Parallel, Third Angle, Bach Festival Composer Symposium and Portland Cello Project. Her composition Shard is featured on a recent PCP album. This year, she has been “Cellist in Residence” on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s arts newsmagazine State of Wonder and has joined the faculty of Lewis and Clark College teaching cello and chamber music. Nancy is a founder of Classical Up Close and has served on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Symphony. She blogs at and


June 17, 2016

10:00 AM

Master Class: Chamber Music with Sara Kwak, Alex Kerr and Arnaldo Cohen

June 17, 2016

5:00 PM

Recital: Bach D minor Concerto (Busoni version) and Liszt Malediction

June 18, 2016

11:30 AM

Recital: Arnaldo Cohen & Friends

Members of our “Festival String Quartet” perform short solos accompanied by Arnaldo Cohen. After a solo piece by Arnaldo, the group performs the first movement of the Brahms Piano Quintet, Op. 34. 

Charles Noble(viola)   Liszt: Romance Oubliée

Sarah Kwak (violin)   Sarasate: Introduction and Tarantelle

Nancy Ives (cello)   Chopin: Polonaise Brilliante

Alex Kerr (violin)   Brahms: Sonatensatz

Arnaldo Cohen (piano)  Strauss-Grünfeld: Soirée de Vienne, Op. 56 (Paraphrase on "Die Fledermaus")

Kerr/Kwak/Noble/Ives/Cohen   Brahms: Piano Quintet Op. 34 (1st movement)

June 19, 2016

8:00 PM

Recital: Chopin Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise, Chopin Concerto No. 1

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