Manou Magdalena Chakravorty



Manou Magdalena Chakravorty hails from Chicago having grown up in a multicultural family that also encompassed the cultures of Europe (Austria) and Asia (India) as she learned both cello and classical Indian dance. The celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma exclaimed “you have such a beautiful sound on the cello” on hearing her play in his masterclass when she was eleven. Reviews in the press have described her playing as “an approach of great passion…and wonderful string singing,” (Südwest Presse) and “guided by a mature and dynamic sound” (See Dance Chicago).” Manou has performed in the USA, Austria, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Russia and Spain including prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Moscow Conservatory, the Kremlin, the Musiikkitaalo Helsinki and Symphony Center in Chicago.

Recent highlights include solo performances in Helsinki, Kirchberg-an-der Jagst in Germany, Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the Fran Randall Concert Series in Evanston, IL and in several Young Artist Concerts at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings. As a chamber musician, she has performed at Rutesheim Cello Akademie 2023, in the professional Fabian Concert Series at Mercer University, at IMWAF 2023 in Kirchberg-an-der Jagst, and at Center Stage Strings 2023. As an orchestral musician she has served as principal cellist of the Macon-Mercer Symphony, as section cellist in the Emmy award winning PBS TV special “A Night of Georgia Music,” and in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra of Georgia. She has been a recording artist in the recently released recording of compositions by River Sawchyn and Moa Glimberg (“Cycle & Stars”). In spring 2022, Manou performed in Chicago and Naperville with dancer Ashwaty Chennat in a setting of Iranian composer Niloufar Nourbaksh’s cello sonata.

Manou is a winner of the prestigious Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship of the Musicians Club of Women, a scholarship recipient of the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein, winner of the CSA Sinfonia Concerto Competition and the DuPage Symphony Young Artist Auditions. She has received top placements in the Walgreen’s International Competition, DePaul Concerto Festival, and was a semi-finalist at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.

She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in cello performance at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, studying with Hans Jorgen Jensen and Sihao He. Previously she studied with Richard Aaron, Julie Albers, Leo Singer, Richard Hirschl, Oleksa Mycyk and Karen Schulz-Harmon. She has found great inspiration from masterclasses and instruction from cellists including Natasha Brofsky, Marc Coppey, Steven Doane, Clive Greensmith, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Matt Haimovitz, Laurence Lesser, Ivan Monighetti, Martti Rousi , Hannah Roberts, Kirill Rodin and Astrid Schween. Her great passion for chamber music has been encouraged by interactions with members of the Borromeo, Cavani, Calidore, Emerson, Ivalas, Jupiter, and Verona String Quartets and keyboardists Kyoko Hashimoto, Jory Vinikour and Vivian Weilerstein. She has been privileged to share the stage with cellists Ruben Dubrovsky, Gaetano Nasillo, Robert Nagy, Denis Severin, Mauro Valli, Martti Rousi, Ramon Jaffe and violinists Tiani Butts, Annie Fullard, Elicia Silverstein, Helge Slaatto, Robert McDuffie and Amy Schwarz-Moretti.

Schools and festivals attended include the Rutesheim Cello Akademie, Internationale Musikademie in Liechtenstein, Meadowmount, the Castleman Quartet Program, Center Stage Strings, the Heifetz International Institute, the International Music Workshop and Festival at Kirchberg an-der Jagst, Encore String Quartet Intensive and Summer Academy and the Indiana Summer Academy. She currently enjoys playing on a 1772 cello by Charles and Samuel Thompson and with a bow made by Charles Claude Husson around 1910.

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