Stephen Perkyns, Chamber Music

Stephen Perkyns, cellist, is a native of Houston, Texas where he began taking Suzuki lessons at Parker Elementary when he was six years old. He was appointed Principal Cellist of the New York City Ballet in the Fall of 2022.

As a teacher, Mr. Perkyns was an interim faculty member of the Kneisel Hall Maine Students Program in 2021 where he coached chamber music groups with musicians aged 9-19. While at the Colburn School, Mr. Perkyns was a part of the Teaching Fellows program and also assisted Carey Beth Hockett, Suzuki Teacher Trainer, with Suzuki group classes from 2018-2020.

Stephen has given several solo recitals and performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Yale Philharmonia. Mr. Perkyns has been a finalist and prize winner in many regional, state, and national competitions, including the 2019 Pasadena Showcase Competition, the 2017 HTMC Ruth Burr Competition, and the 2017 Mika Hasler National Competition. As a chamber musician, he has participated in concert series such as the Colburn Chamber Music Society and Core Memory Music, won chamber music competitions including Colburn’s Recovered Voices Competition, and collaborated with artists such as Noah Bendix-Balgley, Desmond Hoebig, Kathleen Winkler, Scott St. John, Paul Coletti, and the Viano String Quartet. Mr. Perkyns has worked as principal cellist in the Yale Philharmonia, the Colburn Orchestra, and the Shepherd School of Music Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Perkyns has spent several of his summers at summer music festivals includinng the Kneisel Hall Young Artists Program and the Bowdoin Music Festival where he was a member of the Fellowship Program in 2020. Mr. Perkyns has also performed in several masterclasses for cellists such as Laurence Lesser, Joel Krosnick, Hans Jorgen Jenson, and Phillippe Mueller.

Mr. Perkyns graduated with his Master of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Paul Watkins and was a recipient of the 2022 Aldo Parisot Prize. Previously, Mr. Perkyns studied with Clive Greensmith at the Colburn Conservatory where he received his Masters of Music degree in 2020, and Desmond Hoebig at Rice University, Shepherd School of Music, graduating in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance.