Neal Cary


Neal Cary

Instrument: Cello

Neal Cary has been praised for his “robust tone and high-romantic phrasing,” and the “tremendous amount of emotion and heart” he brings to his performances. He has been principal cellist with the Richmond Symphony since 1988, and has served as principal cellist of the Williamsburg Symphonia since 2002. In 1984, he joined the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, and has served as principal cellist there every summer since 1988. In August of 2012, Neal Cary was a member of the All-Star Orchestra—an orchestra comprised of some of the finest musicians in the United States. This orchestra was created for the production of eight television programs which aired in the fall of 2013 on various PBS stations throughout the country (but unfortunately not in the Richmond area).

In addition to his symphony work, Neal Cary has been on the performing artist faculty at the College of William and Mary since 1991. Since 1989, Neal Cary has been a member of the Richmond Chamber Players which performs in Richmond on each Sunday in August. Previous to his employment in the Richmond area, Neal Cary was co-principal cellist of the Kansas City Philharmonic and assistant principal cellist of the Tulsa Philharmonic, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Denver Symphony Ochestra. From 1994–98, he was on the adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University. While a student at The Juilliard School, he was a chamber music teaching assistant to Earl Carlyss and Claus Adam in 1980–81. While a student at Meadowmount School of Music during the summers of 1980 and 1981, he was a chamber music teaching assistant to Joseph Gingold.

Neal Cary’s major teachers have included Pat Ficarra, Robert Newkirk, Channing Robbins, and the world-renowned Leonard Rose. Mr. Cary holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Catholic University of America, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School of Music.