AMY FROST BAUMGARTEN joined the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra as principal cello in 2000 and has been a featured soloist there. Praised for “lovely turns from the solo cello” by the Washington Post, she is at home in a variety of musical settings. In addition to performances with the Washington National Opera, she performs with New York City Ballet, the Mariinsky, Bolshoi, ABT, Joffrey, and Royal Danish Ballet companies; with artists such as Placido Domingo, Reneé Fleming, and José Carreras; and was a member of the onstage band for Steve Martin’s musical Bright Star. As a chamber musician, she has performed at the Phillips Collection, Yale Center for British Art, the San Francisco and Los Angeles public libraries, and with Colorado Chamber Players, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra and New Century Chamber Orchestra. Her teachers include Burton Kaplan, Orlando Cole, and Aldo Parisot. As a graduate student, she performed on the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos recordings. She has taught at Catholic University and George Mason University and lives in Arlington, VA, with her husband Jonathan and their daughter Sarah. 2019 was her 19th summer at EMF. website: kcohomusicians.com
Amy Frost Baumgarten will be on leave during the Festival's 2020 season.