Darry Dolezal - concert cellist
Darry Dolezal is a veteran concert artist, performing thousands of concerts in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Copacabana Palace. In a wide-ranging career, Dolezal has played works for solo cello (many written for him), concertos, a superabundance of chamber music, orchestral works, operas, and a smattering of things hard to categorize. His live performances have been heard on radio and television stations throughout North America, South America and Europe, and his recordings are issued on the Albany, Capstone, Centaur and CRI/New World labels.
Adventures experienced by Dolezal and his cello include: being Gabor Rejto’s stand partner in a cello choir conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich (premiering a piece by Lucas Foss); sharing the stage with a Samba band in Rio de Janeiro; a collaboration at Jacob’s Pillow with composers, choreographers, dancers and other musicians; staging an outburst, as coached by Donald Martino, during a performance of Martino’s From the Other Side at the Warebrook Festival; and being surrounded by the lights and cameras of the CBC while performing with the Artaria Quartet, selected by the Banff International String Quartet Competition as one of the “ten best young string quartets in the world.”
In 2006 Darry Dolezal was designated a “musician of note” by the U.S. Department of State through a Partners of the Americas cultural exchange program, traveling to Brazil to play concerts and present master classes. In return he received an immersion into Brazil's musical, social and culinary life. (Ask him about playing Villa-Lobos in Rio! Or how to make a killer caipirinha.)
A sought-after cellist in Boston during the eighties and nineties, Darry Dolezal appeared with groups such as the Abbott Chamber Players, Alea III, the EOS Ensemble, Underground Composers and the Opera Company of Boston. In 1992 Dolezal won a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residency, living and performing for nine months in Tifton, Georgia, followed by an Artist-in-Residence position at Viterbo College in La Crosse, Wisconsin. For two decades he was on the faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia as cellist of the Esterhazy Quartet, one of America’s longest-standing Resident Ensembles. He currently is cellist of the Boston-based Thoreau Piano Trio, performing concerts across the United States and in important and historic venues in New England.
Darry Dolezal is an ardent advocate for contemporary music. He enjoys collaborating with composers in the creation and performance of new music and has premiered over two hundred works, including pieces by Samuel Adler, Michael Ching, David Kraehenbuehl, Thomas Oboe Lee, Marjorie Merryman, Bill Pfaff, David Rakowski, and Dalit Warshaw, to name just a few. He created a new music festival at Viterbo College, and was co-founder and Artistic Director of the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival in Vermont.
As an educator, Darry Dolezal has over forty years of experience teaching, coaching and mentoring students and ensembles of all ages and levels. In addition to faculty positions at Viterbo College and the University of Missouri, Dolezal has been an invited guest for masterclasses and seminars at Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, the Carlos Gomes Conservatory in Belém, Brazil, Del Mar University in Houston, Florida State University, the University of Georgia-Atlanta, the University of Iowa, San Ursula University in Rio de Janeiro, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and other colleges and conservatories. His students, including many who have become successful professional musicians, are the recipients of numerous awards and honors.
Darry Dolezal’s principal cello teachers were Raymond Stuhl (a student of Hugo Becker!), Edward Laut and Yehuda Hanani. His chamber music coaches and mentors include such legendary musicians as Leon Fleisher, Raphael Hillyer, Eugene Lehner, Menachem Pressler, Alexander Schneider, Leonard Shure, Karen Tuttle and Donald Weilerstein. He received degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Kansas.