A sought-after musician throughout the New York
scene, cellist Caitlin Sullivan can be found equally on the stages of Lincoln
Center and Carnegie Hall, and at unconventional spaces like clubs, art
galleries, or even a double-decker bus. Recognized as having the “understanding
and emotional projection of a true artist” by the New York Concert Review, Ms. Sullivan has designed a
multi-dimensional career as a performer of both classical and contemporary
music. In addition, Ms. Sullivan has a strong passion for music education and
advocacy, frequently performing in schools and community venues, and working with aspiring music students around the world.
Having formidable performance experience with a
variety of groups, Ms. Sullivan is a member of many celebrated young ensembles
including The Knights, Decoda, IRIS Orchestra, Wordless Music Orchestra, and
Ensemble Signal; she is also a substitute player with
veteran orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and Princeton Symphony
Orchestra, as well as Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry. Additional ensemble experience includes Ms.
Sullivan’s membership with Ensemble ACJW (now Ensemble Connect), which enabled her to perform chamber
music regularly as part of a Carnegie Hall subscription series in 2007-2009.
A central focus of Ms. Sullivan’s work is
Decoda - the first-ever affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall and one of the most
enterprising ensembles of its kind. With the enrichment of communities through
music as Decoda’s core mission, Ms. Sullivan has lead Decoda-style outreach
projects in places ranging from Blue Hill, Maine, to Bloemfontein, South Africa, was the leader and author of interactive family
performances in Japan’s Suntory Hall, and has curated multi-media chamber music
performances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art titled “Line and Expression” and
“Musical Portraits.” Ms. Sullivan also participated in a Decoda-lead
song-writing project for inmates at the Lee Correctional Institute in South
Carolina, which was praised in an Op-Ed piece for the Washington Post. Additional Decoda activities include teaching residencies in Merida, Mexico, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, as well as Decoda Cello Quartet main stage performances and school visits in Maine, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
As a member of The Knights, a NYC-based chamber
orchestra focused on innovative programming and reenergizing the concert
experience, Ms. Sullivan has been performing extensively with the group since
2010. Collaborations with special guest artists have included Yo-Yo Ma, Bela
Fleck, Gil Shaham, Dawn Upshaw and the Mark Morris Dance Group, with
appearances throughout the US, the Ravinia Festival, Tanglewood, Caramoor, as
well as in Germany and Austria. Ms. Sullivan co-curated a chamber music
performance with The Knights at SubCulture in 2015, and has recorded several Knights albums for
Ancalagon and Warner Classics.
Traveling to Memphis, TN several times a year, Ms.
Sullivan has been a member of the IRIS Orchestra under conductor Michael Stern
since 2007, and made her solo debut with the orchestra in 2014 performing
Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante. In addition to her role as both section player
and principal cellist for IRIS, Ms. Sullivan has performed chamber music as
well as lead educational activities in schools throughout the greater Memphis
Having premiered and recorded a number of new
works, Ms. Sullivan has played the music of Sebastian Currier, Tristan Murail,
Georg Frederick Haas, Julia Wolfe, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Sarah Kirkland
Snider, Jonny Greenwood, among many others with New York’s leading contemporary
music ensembles. Performances with the acclaimed Argento Chamber Ensemble have
included venues such as LACMA in Los Angeles, Columbia’s Miller Theater, the
Rodin Museum in Philadelphia and the Austrian Cultural Forum. Ms. Sullivan has
recorded with Ensemble Signal, and performed the music of Julia Wolfe in
Carnegie Hall. Performing extensively with the Wordless Music Orchestra, Ms.
Sullivan most recently went on tour to Australia performing the music of Max Richter
in the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Recital Hall. As a guest with Alarm
Will Sound, Ms. Sullivan performed in multiple sold out shows with pop singer
Bjork, including at the Governor’s Ball in 2015. Past new music festival
appearances have included the Look and Listen Music Festival, Ecstatic Music
Festival, Ojai Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Wordless Music Series, and the
Composer Portrait series at Miller Theater.
Believing in the power of music education and advocacy, Ms. Sullivan has dedicated much of her time to teaching artistry and mentoring. Most recently, Ms. Sullivan has been a Teaching Artist for the New York Philharmonic at PS 81 in the Bronx, as well as The Learning Arts, in a program dedicated to bringing concerts and workshops to students throughout the rural Adirondack region of New York. As a member of ClassNotes, Ms. Sullivan has participated in school residencies in New York, New Jersey, and Florida in targeted programs that bridge academic subjects with ideas central to playing chamber music. As a component of her two-year fellowship with Ensemble ACJW, Ms. Sullivan was a Teaching Artist at PS 153 in Harlem, during which time she co-created The MUSIC Exchange (Musically Uniting Students In Correspondence), a mentorship program involving public school music students and orchestral musicians that combined pen-pal letter writing with a culminating side-by-side musical performance. As a cello and chamber music coach, Ms. Sullivan has taught at the Belvoir Terrace Summer Camp for girls, PRIZM Camp, ArtsAhimsa Summer Festival, and has been a chamber music substitute coach for the Juilliard Pre-College Division.