Sheryl Staples, violin
Violinist Sheryl Staples joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Associate Concertmaster, The Elizabeth G. Beinecke Chair, in September 1998. She made her solo debut with the Philharmonic in 1999 performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, led by then Music Director Kurt Masur, and has since been featured in concertos by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Haydn, Bach, and Vivaldi with conductors including Jaap van Zweden, Alan Gilbert, Lorin Maazel, and Colin Davis. Most recently, she performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, led by Concertmaster Frank Huang, in May–June 2018. She has performed as soloist with more than 40 other orchestras nationwide, including The Cleveland, Los Angeles and Louisiana Philharmonic, and San Diego and Richmond Symphony orchestras. Previously she was the associate concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra and concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony and Santa Barbara Chamber orchestras. An active chamber musician, Ms. Staples is a member of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, established in the 2016–17 season. She has performed chamber music for U.S. Ambassadors in London, Paris, Berlin, Beijing, and Hong Kong, and in 2013 she toured Mexico, Brazil, and Chile. Ms. Staples has participated in the La Jolla, Boston, Salt Bay, Santa Fe, Mainly Mozart, and Aspen chamber music festivals. Currently she is on the faculty of The Juilliard School. Ms. Staples and her husband, percussionist Barry Centanni, premiered William Kraft’s Concerto a Tre for piano, violin, and percussion (written for them, at Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society’s summer festival and recorded for release on the Albany Records label in 2008) and David Sampson’s Black River Concerto (for solo violin, percussion, and orchestra in April 2011 with the Montclair State University Symphony). Ms. Staples performs on the “Kartman” Guarneri del Gesu, ca. 1728, previously on loan from private collector Peter Mandell and now in the collection of the New York Philharmonic.