Department of Music

Cellist André Laurent O'Neil Releases a New CD

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Cellist André Laurent O'Neil, one of several talented musicians offering students private lessons in the Taylor Music Center, has recorded a new two-CD set, “Bach Cello Suites,” available at André has a long history with the suites, beginning with his first cello teacher assigning a bourrée from the C Major Suite. As a teenager, he was inspired hearing Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma play the complete Bach suites at Union. He went on to study at Yale and graduated with honors, then studied historical performance practice at the Royal Conservatory in the Netherlands for three years. He returned to the Capital Region where, throughout his career as a cellist, he kept revisiting the Bach Cello Suites. He had the opportunity to perform them all twice during the University at Albany's 2002-03 season and a few years later for a benefit concert for Bennington Baroque. It was after that concert that he decided to record the music while it was fresh in his fingers. André is currently principal cello of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, and he continues working with other orchestras and ensembles in the U.S. and abroad. For more information, see the article in the Albany Times Union by music writer Joseph Dalton.