Cellist Beth Vanderborgh enjoys a rich and varied career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and pedagogue. Currently, she serves on the faculty of the University of Wyoming, as principal cellist of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra, and on the Artist-Faculty of the Eastern Music Festival. She is a founding member of the acclaimed Stanislas Sextet, based in Nancy, France, and tours regularly with Musica Harmonia. The Classical Voice of North Carolina described her playing as "...Impeccable musicianship, rhythmic precision, technical expertise and expansive, passionate musicianship. Gorgeous music, exquisitely performed, and I do not believe I have overdone the superlatives."
Dr. Vanderborgh has captured top prizes in the Baltimore Chamber Awards, the National Society of Arts and Letters Cello Competition and the Ulrich Solo Competition. As United States Information Service Artistic Ambassador and member of the Fadial-Vanderborgh Duo, she has performed on four continents, including recitals at the Kennedy Center, the Phillips Collection, the Teatro Nacional in Costa Rica and the American University in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.
She has recorded two CDs for Albany Records, both released in 2013: Chamber Music of Jennifer Higdon ("Highly recommended!" Fanfare Magazine) and Salon Music of August Nölck for Cello and Piano. Strad Magazine described her Nölck recording as "lyrical and technically accomplished… eloquent and persuasive." Her most recent CD, When the Spirit Sings, was released on Centaur in 2017 and features Musica Harmonia performing works of Gwyneth Walker. In addition, as a member of the Stanislas Sextet, she was featured in a disc of Brahms String Sextets recorded by Radio France. Dr. Vanderborgh has collaborated in chamber music performances with Lynn Harrell, Augustin Hadelich, Elmar Oliviera, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Yura Lee, Bela Davidovich, Jon Nakamatsu, Garrick Ohlsson, Susan Graham and Frederica von Stade.
Her students have been accepted to such illustrious institutions the Curtis Institute, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Manhattan School of Music, among others, for further studies. They have won positions in orchestras and academic settings and have been recent regional and national finalists in the MTNA Young Artist Solo Competition in strings.
At the University of Wyoming, Dr. Vanderborgh has taught applied cello, string solo literature, string chamber literature, cello pedagogy, form and analysis, baroque performance ensemble, chamber music and has directed the chamber orchestra. Under her guidance, the chamber orchestra has collaborated with the Ying Quartet and the tango group, Extasis, and has toured extensively, including concerts in Denver’s Newman Center and at high schools throughout Wyoming, Colorado and Montana. She has received the Top Prof Award, the Extraordinary Merit in Research Award, the Thumbs Up Award, and an Every Student a Person Award. In 2015, Dr. Vanderborgh initiated an innovative outreach program, the University of Wyoming Cello Studio Bach Project, through which University cellists perform the music of J.S. Bach for homebound and elderly music lovers.
Dr. Vanderborgh has performed in the cello sections of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Concert Opera, the North Carolina Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, the Washington Bach Consort, the Orchestra of Santa Fe, the Colorado Symphony, and is former Principal Cellist of the Winston Salem Symphony, Greensboro Symphony Piedmont Opera, Greensboro Opera and the Carolina Chamber Symphony. She has played back-up for Mannheim Steamroller, Nina Freelon, and Celine Dion. In addition, she has taught cello at Duquense University Pre-College, Alderson Broaddus College and Guilford College.
Dr. Vanderborgh holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Maryland, where her teachers included David Geber, Evelyn Elsing, David Soyer. She engaged in intensive chamber music studies with the Guarneri, Juilliard, Cleveland, and American String Quartets and studied Baroque performance practice with Ken Slowick of the Smithsonian Institution.
When not playing the cello, Dr. Vanderborgh enjoys skiing, equestrian sports and hiking in the beautiful Wyoming wilderness with her family. She is married to violinist John Fadial.
"Wow! Great Stuff!" The Washington Post
"Cellist Beth Vanderborgh, comparisons to Jacqueline du Pre´aside, plays with the intensely focused sound of Anner Bylsma." The Charlotte Observer