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Merry Peckham

Associate Director, Chamber Music (SMS), Director and Coach of the Chamber Music Workshop

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Merry Peckham, cellist, is a founding member of the Cavani String Quartet winner of numerous awards and prizes including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. Ms. Peckham has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad, including appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Corcoran Gallery and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Ambassador Series in Los Angeles, Festival L’Epau in France, and the Ijsbreker Series in Amsterdam.

Ms. Peckham has had the honor of performing with distinguished artists including members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Miami, Ying, Emerson, Borodin, Amadeus, St. Lawrence and Colorado String Quartets, the Weilerstein and Peabody Trios, Itzhak Perlman, Robert Mann, Anton Nel, Earl Wild, Stephanie Blythe and Charles Neidich. Ms. Peckham won the overall string category as well as the cello division of the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition. Ms. Peckham and her colleagues in The Cavani Quartet were named Musical America’s Young Artists of the Year, received the ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, the Guarneri String Quartet Residency Award, the Ohio Governor’s Award and five Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grants.

Deeply committed to arts education, Ms. Peckham has given master classes and lecture demonstrations at music festivals, universities and public and private schools in communities all over the world. As part of a cultural exchange between The Perlman Music Program, the Chinese Government and the Committee of 100, Ms. Peckham taught and gave special classes at the Shanghai Conservatory and was featured in the documentary “Perlman in Shanghai” by Oscar winning director Allan Miller which ran on PBS in the U.S. As a member of the faculty and Quartet-in-Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music since 1988, Ms. Peckham in collaboration with her colleagues has developed the Apprentice Program, Intensive Quartet Seminar, New Quartet Project and M.A.P. (Music, Art & Poetry) PROJECT.

Ms. Peckham is Associate Director of The Perlman Music Program, Director of the Chamber Music Workshop @ The Perlman Music Program and is on the cello and chamber music faculties at The Cleveland Institute of Music. She is former artist-in-residence at the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Texas and is currently visiting-artist at the University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale. Ms. Peckham is the host for the radio program Offbeat which is aired weekly on WCLV, 104.9 FM.

She received her BM with honors from Indiana University and her MM degree from the Eastman School of Music and pursued additional studies at Yale University and Ohio State University. Her teachers and mentors include Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, Paul Katz, Peter Salaff and Toby Perlman. Ms. Peckham resides in Cleveland, OH with her family, Robin, Jordan and Alex and in her free time enjoys making glass beads, arranging music and playing her guitar.

Watch Merry Peckham teach in Israel during The Perlman Music Program’s Residency in Jerusalem in 2010.