Festival Artist


Ivy Chatanow, cellist, began her cello studies at the age of six under the guidance of Dr. H. T. Ma and later continued her studies with his son, Yo Yo Ma. She went on to study as a scholarship student in the Preparatory and College divisions of the Manhattan School of Music, with Marion Feldman and Ardyth Alton. In addition, she has performed in master classes with David Finckel, Stephen Kates, Joel Krosnik, Fred Sherry and Irene Sharp. As an avid chamber musician, her collaborations have earned multiple honors such as being a two-time winner of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society competition and participating in the 1995 Lincoln Center Arts Project Award. Her collaboration of the works of Hovhaness received the 1995 NAIRD “Indie” award as best classical album as well as a Grammy pre-nomination. Over her professional career, Ms. Chatanow has been a performing member of several orchestras including the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Staten Island Symphony and the Staten Island Philharmonic. She has participated in Spoletto Festival USA and has toured throughout the world with numerous ensembles. As an educator, she has had the opportunity to coach both cello and chamber music at many music programs including the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division, the New York State Music Camp and Institute at Hartwick College, Queensborough Community College and the Allen Stevenson School. Currently, she is an adjunct faculty member of LIU Post's Continuing Education Music Program and directs the lower string department at the Music Institute of Long Island. Ms. Chatanow can be heard in ensemble on the Koch International and Newport Classic Labels.