Alan Rafferty, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music cello faculty member, is rapidly gaining recognition as a preeminent musician and master teacher. In demand as a clinician around the world, Mr. Rafferty has recently presented master classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University, Ball State University and the Kentucky Cello Club. He was invited as a visiting faculty member to the Cleveland Institute of Music and the New World Symphony in the fall of 2014. Recent students have been Grand Prize winners of the Music Teachers National Association Senior Competition Grand Prize, National Federation of Music Clubs Collegiate and High School Awards, First Prize of the Ohio American String Teachers Association Competition as well as numerous local and regional awards. As a chamber music coach, his groups have won the Gold Medal of the Junior Division of the Fischoff Competition and performed throughout theU.S. and Europe. A member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 2007, Mr. Rafferty made his solo debut playing the Dvorak Concerto with the Las Cruces Symphony at the age of 16 and has been a featured soloist on numerous occasions since. In November 2013, he gave the North American premiere of Victor Herbert's first published work, the Suite for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 3. A frequent guest on recital and chamber series both locally and abroad, he served as the cellist of the Rhine String Quartet from 2009-2012. He has been heard on multiple recordings on the Telarc label as a member of the CSO in addition to the CRJ label. Mr. Rafferty completed his master’s degree with Hans Jorgen Jensen as a Civic Orchestra Fellowship recipient at Northwestern University. He received his bachelor’s in cello performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Alan Harris, Merry Peckham and Richard Weiss. In the summer of 2015, Mr. Rafferty returns to the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, VT and the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, China. Previous summer festival engagements have included the Meadowmount School of Music and Madeline Island Music Camp. In addition to teaching top pre-college students chamber music and cello for the Starling Program, he and his wife Sarah Kim are directors of the nationally recognized Cincinnati Young Artists which present Chamber Music and Cello Workshops throughout the year.