Principal, Philip S. Boone Chair
Michael Grebanier, occupant of the Philip S. Boone Chair, joined the SFS as Principal Cello in 1977. He studied with Leonard Rose at the Curtis Institute, and at nineteen he won the Walter Naumburg Competition and made his solo debut in his native New York City. He was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra and at twenty-five became principal cello of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the youngest first cello in that orchestra’s history. With pianist Garrick Ohlsson and former SFS Associate Concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis, he is a member of the FOG Trio, and he has been affiliated with the Marlboro and Casals festivals. He has recorded the Prokofiev cello sonatas and the complete music for cello and piano by Rachmaninoff (Naxos).