Setnor School of Music
Professor of Practice, Applied Music and Performance (Cello)
"A wonderful cellist"..."a master player"..."a master technician"... and following his debut, the New York Times proclaimed that his playing "could not be faulted...playing with relish and technical aplomb." These are but a few of the critic's comments about Grammy-nominated cellist Terry King, regarded as one of the country's finest cellists.
King was a protégé of the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky and served as his assistant in Piatigorsky's master classes at the University of Southern California. King was privileged to join his celebrated teacher in a duo concert in one of the master's last concerts.
King is not only a unique cellist, but a musical scholar, chamber musician and conductor. His repertoire features the classic works for cello, including unknown masterworks he has found throughout the world. Many prominent American composers have written works for King as well as entrusted him with their premieres, among those being Roy Harris, Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Halsey Stevens, Paul Reale, Paul Creston, Miklos Rozsa, Lou Harrison, Lukas Foss, Otto Luening, and many others. King is a member of the Mirecourt Trio and has been on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory, UC Berkeley, California State University at Fullerton, Grinnell College, University of Iowa, the Longy School of Music, and the Hartt School of Music.
King is presently engaged in a recording project of standard and American works for cello on the Music and Arts label. His recording of the complete Mendelssohn works was praised in Fanfare Magazine ("of all versions this is the most consistently thought out and expressively realized...intensely poetic") and was also the preferred recording mentioned on the nationally syndicated radio program First Hearing. His groundbreaking series "Cello America" has been met with similar praise worldwide.
King records for MCA, CRI, Innova, Genesis, Orion, A&M, Music and Arts, Bay Cities, Gasparo, Erasmus, Albany, Sony, Troy, Varese Saraband, and TR Records.