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Guest Name
Dennis Karmazyn
Guest Category
Guest Occupation
Cellist - soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at age 16
Guest Biography

Cellist Dennis Karmazyn made his professional debut as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at age 16. He went on to receive a full scholarship to study at the Paris Conservatory of Music with world- renowned cellist Paul Tortelier.

Managed by Columbia Artists Management, Mr. Karmazyn toured as a solo recitalist throughout the world. Engagements as a soloist performing with major orchestras followed, including performances in New York, London, Paris, Vienna and Canada. The New York Times stated, “He played with brilliance and sparkle, subtle tone, command, intensity and breadth. Dennis Karmazyn has one of the more effortless techniques now before the public”. Upon returning to the United States, Dennis received a full scholarship from the University of Southern California to participate in the Master

Class of the legendary cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. Following an appearance with the California Chamber Symphony, The Los Angeles Times praised the artist by saying: “Dennis Karmazyn brought an exceptional talent to bear on Tartini’s rarely played concerto in D Major. Karmazyn commanded instant attention by virtue of his vital tone, his deft shading, his clean technique and his felling for classical style”. Soon after he was selected by Yehudi Menuhin to appear in concert with him at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York.

Mr. Karmazyn has been principal cellist of numerous ballet companies including American Ballet, Jeoffrey Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and accompanied Rudolf Nuryev as a soloist.
Currently, and for the past 20 years, Karmazyn sits principal cello for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Los Angeles. The orchestra has toured many countries including Japan and Brazil, as well as performing its annual season at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. The Orchestra has recorded 16 albums under the Phillips label, and he was featured as a soloist on many of the recordings.

He has recently been asked to join the California Philharmonic as principal cellist, which performs at Disney Hall and Ambassador Auditorium. He will be performing the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Orchestra in November, 2007.

Throughout his career, Dennis Karmazyn has worked extensively in Hollywood recording for over 4000 motion picture, television, record and commercial scores. Over the last 20 years he has served as principal cellist for many of Hollywood’s leading composers, including , Jerry Goldsmith, James Newton Howard, Maurice Jarre, Alan Silvestri and Randy Newman just to name a few. He performed and recorded with Barbara Streisand and was featured as a soloist on many albums including her religious album. Dennis Karamzyn lives in Santa Monica, California with his wife and two teenage children. His father Albert joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1945 as a violinist, and performed with the orchestra for 35 years. His son Maxwell has taken up the family business and is in the first violin section with the Crossroads High School Orchestra.