Scott Kluksdahl, cello, made his debut with The San Francisco Symphony, and has been heard as chamber musician, recitalist and soloist in the United States, Europe, Israel, and Central and South America. His particular interest in modern music has led to significant affiliations with Robert Helps, Richard Wernick, Richard Brodhead, David Del Tredici and Augusta Read Thomas. Scott performed the premiere of Philip Lasser’s Vocalise for Cello and Orchestra with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, and he is very excited by the recent release of his latest CD “Shelter” on the Pierian label with the rising star soprano Mela Dailey in works by C-20/C-21 composers Andre Previn, John Tavener, Robert Honstein, Jake Heggie and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Scott was a founding member of the Lions Gate Trio, and he performed and recorded for twenty years as its cellist. He has recorded on CRI, Albany, Triton and Centaur labels. He has well-established musical partnerships with pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera, violist Carol Rodland, and with soprano Mela Dailey. He is founder of the Robert Helps Festival of Contemporary Music, artistic director since its inception in 2005. He has recently joined the award-winning Veronika String Quartet.
Scott has received Tanglewood’s Leonard Bernstein Fellowship, prizes in Naumburg and Washington International Competitions, and degrees from Harvard and Juilliard. He teaches cello at University of South Florida, and he tutors science/math/reading for fifth-grade students in Florida’s Hillsborough County Public School System. Inspired by the Rochester-based initiative, Scott serves as Tampa’s artistic director for the recently established food-for-music outreach concert series “If Music Be The Food…..” at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. His commitment to teaching prompted the renowned cellist Zara Nelsova to remark, “It is rare to find a cellist who is equally at home as a concert artist as well as a great pedagogue. In my opinion Scott Kluksdahl has one of the great talents of his generation.”