Bio

Hamilton Cheifetz has been described in Fanfare Magazine as “unquestionably a magnificent player" and "absolutely brilliant" for his solo recordings and concerts in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. "The perfection of Janos Starker combined with the lyricism of Pablo Casals".  A native of Chicago, he first performed a concerto with orchestra at the age of eleven, and he was accepted as a student of Janos Starker at Indiana University at the age of sixteen and later became teaching assistant to Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi at the University of Western Ontario.  He has performed at the White House and was the winner of the Piatigorsky Prize at Tanglewood.  He played duos with  Janos Starker which were broadcast nationally on NPR, and he has also performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His playing was highlighted, along with jazz greats Dave Frishberg and vocalist Rebecca Kilgore, on Gary Larson’s CBS television special “Tales from the Far Side”. He has appeared often at Chamber Music Northwest, and he has also been featured at the Oregon Bach Festival and Bargemusic in New York.  In 2017, he performed with Paquito D'Rivera and Darrell Grant in a special concert honoring D'Rivera.

In 2016, Hamilton Cheifetz toured Korea with pianist Julia Hwakyu Lee, and they presented three recitals, performed concerti, and gave master classes as well as hearing auditions of students interested in Portland State University.  Cheifetz also presented a series of master classes and sold out recitals in China in the spring of 2010 in Beijing and Tianjin.  He returned to China in 2012 for concerts and master classes in Nanchang and Beijing, including a return engagement by Third Angle at the Beijing Modern Music Festival.

Cheifetz is professor of cello at Portland State University and a founding member of the Florestan Trio with violinist Carol Sindell and pianist Janet Guggenheim. A dedicated teacher, his students have gone on to positions in orchestras such as the Boston Symphony and Atlanta Symphony. 

Hamilton Cheifetz is a member of SICA, the Subud International Cultural Association, a group of creative people working to support original culture.
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