Cellist Stephanie Lai has been hailed by The Washington Post for her “handsome tone allied with perceptive musicianship and a spirited, emotionally immediate way of setting melodies aloft.” She made her debut in 2002, appearing in Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center Concert Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in a series of ten concerts as the winner of their Young Soloists’ Competition.

Stephanie holds a B.A. in Social Studies and Music from Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Keta. Stephanie earned a M.M. in Cello Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music as a scholarship recipient of the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music in England.

Stephanie has performed throughout the globe as an avid chamber and orchestral musician. She has served as principal cellist of the American Youth Philharmonic and the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan, performing with distinguished conductors such as Valery Gergiev and Ricardo Muti.

Stephanie currently serves as the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Berkeley Symphony and works as a Grantmaking Operations Coordinator at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Most recently, Stephanie was selected as one of ten cellists worldwide to perform with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at Sydney Opera House in March 2011 under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

Member of YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011

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