Violinist Sheryl Staples joined the New York Philharmonic as principal associate concertmaster, The Elizabeth G. Beinecke Chair, in 1998. She made her solo debut with the Philharmonic in 1999 performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, led by Kurt Masur. She has since been featured in more than 25 performances, playing concertos by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Haydn, Bach, and Vivaldi with conductors that include Alan Gilbert, Lorin Maazel, Kent Nagano, Jeffrey Kahane, and Sir Colin Davis. In addition, she has performed as soloist with more than 45 orchestras nationwide, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego and Richmond symphony orchestras, and Louisiana Philharmonic.
An active chamber musician, Ms. Staples is a member of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, established in the 2016-17 season, and frequently performs in the New York area venues, including David Geffen Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ms. Staples has performed chamber music for US ambassadors in London, Paris, Berlin, Berlin, Beijing, and Hong Kong. Recent summer festival appearances include La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, Boston Chamber Music Society, and Salt Bay Chamberfest.
Sheryl began studying the violin at age five, and her major mentors were Robert Lipsett and Heiichiro Ohyama. At the age of 26 Ms. Staples joined the Cleveland Orchestra as associate concertmaster, a position she held for three years. She is currently on the violin faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard Pre-College Division. She also serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School, working with students aspiring toward orchestral careers.