Cellist Allison Drenkow is an impassioned performer heralded by the Boston Globe as having “streamed through the spectrum of human emotions”. From “lyric melancholy” to a “tremble and roar”, press have praised the expansive dimension of her tone. As a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and studio cellist alike, Allison enjoys a versatile career.
For the current 2018/19 Season, Allison is performing as a member of the Colorado Symphony on a one-year contract. She has also appeared as a guest soloist in the “Boston Bach Birthday” concert series and has been featured in a commission project for the American Opera Projects.
Before moving to Colorado, Allison was a member of the Cape Symphony, Atlantic Symphony, and performed regularly up and down the East Coast with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony, New World Symphony, Orchestra of Indian Hill, and Boston Philharmonic. She has held Principal positions with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra for the Festival of Contemporary Music, as well as with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra (Japan), National Festival Orchestra (USA), and New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra.
An advocate for contemporary music, Allison served previously as a member of the contemporary ensemble, Semiosis Quartet, performing as a featured artist at the 2018 National New Music Gathering in Boston and at the Re:Sound Music Festival in Cleveland. With various other chamber ensembles, Allison has worked with the Juilliard, Emerson, Takacs, Borromeo, Jupiter, and St. Lawrence quartets, and performed chamber music in concert with Roberto Diaz at Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall.
Over the years Allison has performed internationally at festivals including the Tanglewood Music Center, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the Banff Centre in Canada, and the National Orchestral Institute. She has also studied intensively and given solo performances at the Heifetz International Music Festival and the Académie du Domaine Forget in Quebec. Amid her experiences, Allison has performed in masterclasses for Lynn Harrell, Phillipe Muller, Colin Carr, Raphael Wallfisch, Andrés Diaz, Norman Fischer, Robert DeMaine, and Yumi Kendall
In her travels, Allison has performed at renowned and historic spaces including Symphony Hall in Boston, Carnegie Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and the Konzerthaus in Berlin under the batons of conductors Valerie Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Andris Nelsons, Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Spano, Herbert Blomsted, and more.
Allison holds a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory. Her principal teachers include Natasha Brofsky and Alan Stepansky.
Beyond performing, Allison served previously as the Scholarship Program Assistant for the NPR program, From the Top. She has also enjoyed teaching for the Peabody Preparatory & Boston String Academy, in addition to maintaining a small private studio of students ages 3-70.