Lawrence Zoernig, cellist
Lawrence Zoernig has been principal ‘cellist of many New York symphony and chamber orchestras including New York Chamber Orchestra, Bachanalia and Opera Manhattan. Mr. Zoernig premièred Lars-Erik Larsson’s Concertino for ‘Cello and String Orchestra at Trinity Church with the New York Scandia Symphony, for which he is also principal ‘cellist.
As a chamber musician, he has performed with Goliard Ensemble and the Cosmopolitan Chamber Players. He has appeared with such noted artists as violinists Nina Beilina, Sidney Harth and Mark Peskanov and clarinetist Charles Neidich; and dance ensembles including the famous Paul Taylor Dance Company and the David Parsons Dance Company. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall in New York and the Phillips Collection and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In April 2005 he was invited to play for President Jimmy Carter at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. As a concert artist on the international scene, Mr. Zoernig has also been presented at the Teatro Amazones in Manaus, Brazil and the World Expo in Seville, Spain and has also performed extensively on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth II, Caronia, Vistafjord, Sagafjord and Royal Viking Sun throughout the world.
Meet the Composer Foundation recently provided Mr. Zoernig with a grant for his work as a composer of music for ‘cello. Additionally, he maintains an active teaching schedule and is presently a faculty member of the Sylvan Academy of Music in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
Lawrence Zoernig was born in 1960 in Sioux City, Iowa. He began studying ‘cello at age eight in his home town. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Alan Harris, and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Harvey Shapiro. At Juilliard he also worked with Felix Galimir, Joel Krosnick, John Cage, Albert Fuller and Jaap Schröder. He plays a ‘cello made by Tim Hulley completed in 2004.