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Biography

Simon Linn-Gerstein received his Master of Music degree in cello performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where he studied with Terry King. He also studied with Michal Schmidt at Haverford College, where he graduated with a B.A. in music. He has performed solo recitals for PBS Philadelphia, Rutgers-Camden Noontime Recital Series, and as a guest performer for the Network for New Music at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. As a chamber musician, Simon is a co-founder of Strange Interlude with harpist Lily Press, and has collaborated with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Richard Wernick. In addition to performing as a soloist with the Salem Philharmonic, Symphony by the Sea chamber series, and the Paul Madore Chorale, Simon has performed as part of the Hillyer Festival Orchestra, Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Symphony by the Sea, and MIT Concert Choir Orchestra. He has performed in masterclasses with Laurence Lesser, Matt Haimovitz, and David Finckel (of the Emerson String Quartet).

Press

“…in the fingers of harpist Lily Press and cellist Simon Linn-Gerstein, the notes fit together as cozily as a dance by Astaire and Rogers.”  – Constance Gorfinkel, Hingham Journal

Exceptional creative promise as a cellist”  – The Salem Gazette

“We were treated by a few of Longy’s best students to some of [Broadway composer Charles] Strouse’s early classical chamber works.” — David Griesinger, The Boston Musical Intelligencer

“[FRONT PAGE PHOTO]” — Owen O’Rourke, The Daily Item

“Linn-Gerstein, of Salem… studied cello with Michal Schmidt. He has performed solo recitals for PBS Philadelphia and Rutgers-Camden Noontime Recital Series, and as a guest performer for the Network for New Music at the Philadelphia Art Alliance.” — The Salem Gazette

“[Simon Linn-Gerstein] has collaborated with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Richard Wernick” — WGBH.org

“[Simon Linn-Gerstein] has collaborated with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Richard Wernick” — Boston.com

“The Stravinsky was a resounding success, buoyed by the exquisite play of Simon Linn-Gerstein ‘09 on cello, from whom we can only hope to hear much more.” — Will Coleman, Bi-College News

Praiseworthy performances from cellists Simon Linn-Gerstein ‘09 and Kelvin Chang ‘10 followed, and the orchestra finished the symphony with fine work on all sides.” — James McDowell, Bi-College News

“The most beautiful arrangement was the version of “Dreams,” with SIMON LINN-GERSTEIN on cello, Lily Press on
harp, Adam Subhas on drums, Emma Buckingham on piano, and two vocalists: Tharrison Boykin and Sarah Allard.
[Reviewing a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s album “Rumors”, organized by Jen Delos Reyes]” — Genna Cherichello, Bi-College News

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