Davidson, Emily

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Emily Davidson, Baroque cellist and teaching artist, spends most of her time playing bass lines. Originally from New York, Emily currently lives, performs, and teaches in the Boston area. Emily received her Master’s degree from The Longy School of Music of Bard College as a student of Phoebe Carrai. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from The Hartt School at The University of Hartford, where she was a leading member of the school’s Collegium Musicum directed by Emlyn Ngai.

Early in her undergraduate career, Emily found that “early” music—classical music written roughly before 1750—was what resonated with her. She devoted herself to the study and practice of this repertoire by attending American Bach Soloists Academy (San Francisco, CA), Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute (Oberlin, OH), International Baroque Institute at Longy (Cambridge, MA), Amherst Early Music Baroque Academy (New London, CT), and Amherst Early Music Winter Workshop (Philadelphia, PA). She serves as the Assistant Director of Phoebe Carrai’s Baroque Cello Bootcamp (Cambridge, MA). Emily has performed in masterclasses for Manfredo Kraemer, Tanya Tomkins, Judy Tarling, Elisabeeth Reed, Rachel Podger, and Kenneth Slowik, and alongside Phoebe Carrai, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Robert Mealy, Gonzalo Ruiz, Catherina Meints, and Jeffrey Thomas. Emily has appeared with The Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Boston Camerata, Harvard Early Music Society, Society for Historically Informed Performance (SoHIP), Boston Early Music Festival, Exsultemus, Musical Offering, El Fuego, Oriana Consort, and other ensembles in the Greater Boston area.

As a teaching artist, Emily gives lectures in public schools on baroque music, historical string playing, and music history. She has worked with elementary, middle, and high school students, tailoring her demonstrations for each grade level. Emily has a private studio of cello students from young children to adult amateurs. She is active in social media and online, with her Facebook page, YouTube channel, and blog, Historically Incorrect.



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