Cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach has been lauded by the press for the "gripping emotion" and "powerful artistry" of her interpretations; qualities which have led to a career striking for its wide range of artistic collaborations. She has appeared extensively in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras across the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America, with such conductors as Mstislav Rostropovich, James DePreist and Peter Oundjian.
Ms. Gerlach is a founding member of the acclaimed Trio Solisti, with whom she performs throughout the US on major concert series. The piano trio has recorded extensively, including a 2-CD set of the Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff Trios which was released on Bridge Records in 2016, and a critically acclaimed 2014 recording of trios by Ravel and Chausson, which was met by rave reviews from both The New York Times and Gramophone. This season the ensemble gives the world premiere of a new trio written by composer Jennifer Higdon, commissioned for them by Arizona Friends of Chamber Music and the Harvard Musical Association. As a founding member of Concertante, a string sextet based in New York City, she toured throughout North America, Asia and the Middle East.
Ms. Gerlach has performed at major festivals including Marlboro, Aspen, Bridgehampton, La Musica di Asolo, Caramoor, and as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has played extensively with Musicians from Marlboro, performing on both national and international tours. A frequent collaborator with dancers, Ms. Gerlach has performed as solo cellist with the Paul Taylor Dance Company on tour in India and at New York’s City Center, and in a duo with New York City Ballet principal dancer, Damian Woetzel.
She is active in commissioning and premiering new works from many preeminent composers, such as Kevin Puts, Lowell Liebermann, Shulamit Ran, Richard Danielpour, Tigran Mansurian and Paul Moravec, and has worked with many others including Philip Glass, Thomas Ades, Osvaldo Golijov and Bright Sheng. Ms. Gerlach was born in New York City, and studied with Aldo Parisot at The Juilliard School and The Yale School of Music