Alice Neary, cello

Alice Neary

Alice Neary enjoys a varied performing career as a chamber musician, soloist and as principal cellist of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Familiar to listeners of BBC Radio 3, festival performances include BBC Proms chamber series, Marlboro, Bath International, Santa Fe and Lofoten. Recent concerto performances include Honneger and Cheryl Frances-Hoade concertos with BBC NOW and next season she will perform Strauss Don Quixote in the orchestras closing season concert at St David’s Hall.

Alice was a member of the Gould Piano Trio from 2001-2018 - career highlights include the complete piano trios of Beethoven, Schubert and Dvorak at the Wigmore Hall, the commissioning of new works from Sir James MacMillan and Mark Simpson, regular tours of USA and over 25 CD releases.

Alice has appeared as guest cellist with the Nash Ensemble, Ensemble 360 and the Endellion, Elias and Heath quartets. She collaborates with pianists Simon Crawford-Phillips, Tom Poster, Viv McLean and Benjamin Frith. Regular visits to Marlboro Festival, Wye Valley Festival and International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove provide ongoing inspiration- next season she will be playing at IMS 50th birthday celebration at the Wigmore Hall.

Alice studied with Ralph Kirshbaum at the RNCM and, as a Fulbright scholar, with Timothy Eddy at Stonybrook, USA. Now much in demand as a teacher, Alice has been tutor in cello at the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal College of Music. She is now based in her home town of Cardiff at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she was awarded a Fellowship in 2015. Alice is also a mentor for ChamberStudio. She and her husband, David Adams founded the Penarth Chamber Music Festival in 2014. Alice plays a cello by Alessandro Gagliano of 1710.