Nan Kemberling, cello
Cellist Nan Kemberling maintains a kaleidoscopic musical life as a soloist, orchestral player, chamber musician, studio collaborator, teacher, singer-songwriter, composer, improviser, and arranger. She has toured many countries in Asia and South America with orchestras, chamber music groups, and as a soloist. She has performed with a wide variety of artists including Johnny Mathis, Barry Manilow, Donna Summer, Bobby McFerrin, the Eroica Trio, Cherish the Ladies Celtic Band, and Transiberian Orchestra. Nan played cello on the Oprah Winfrey Show as a part of Josh Groban's band in November 2007, and the next November she gave a lecture recital on Bach’s Cello Suites II and V. As an avid chamber musician, Nan co-founded the Phoenix String Trio with violinist Fia Mancini Durrett and violist Allyson Fleck, and the trio made their Spivey Hall debut in May of 2006. Most recently, she collaborated with pianist Tim Whitehead to present both Brahms sonatas for the Music on the Hill series. New music is important to Nan, and she has worked closely with many composers to introduce new works to the public.
As a member of Georgia State’s Neophonia, she premiered numerous works for solo cello, cello and piano, and other ensembles. In November 2007, she performed the world premiere of "Alleghenies of Dreams" for cello and banjo with composer Paul Elwood. During 2000-2001, Nan studied cello, chamber music, and composition as an Osher Scholar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she participated in an educational outreach program targeting at-risk youth. This experience intensified her devotion to teaching the cello, and after she returned home to Atlanta she accepted teaching positions at Clayton State University and the Georgia Academy of Music where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2005.
Nan has been teaching cello for more than ten years, in Atlanta and abroad, and is frequently in demand as a clinician. Since obtaining a master's degree in cello performance, under the instruction of brilliant cellist and pedagogue, Martha Gerschefski, Nan has maintained a balanced schedule of teaching and performing. She also dabbles in visual art and has illustrated a children’s book.
“Nan Kemberling's positive attitude made it so easy for Emily to learn cello. Emily always felt encouraged, even on the bad days.”