Gita Ladd, Cello
Cellist Gita Ladd is one of the most sought after American cellists. She has performed throughout the US, Europe, Russia, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan with recitals and as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and others. She collaborates with the Washington Concert Opera, Post Classical Ensemble of Washington D.C and the former Baltimore Opera Company. During the summers Ms. Ladd performs as Principal Cellist at the Endless Mountain Music Festival and has soloed with the festival orchestra numerous times. She also performs throughout the year at the Kennedy Center with various ensembles including the Washington National Opera.
Ms. Ladd has served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University and in 2006 joined the faculty at UMBC. Along with her cello studio and faculty recitals, she also performs with the contemporary music ensemble, “Ruckus”. Ms. Ladd attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Her major teachers include, Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet, David Soyer of the Guarneri String Quartet; Peter Wiley, former Principal Cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony, Beaux Arts Trio, and Guarneri String Quartet; Stephen Geber, former Principal Cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra; and John Sharp, Principal Cellist of the Chicago Symphony. Ms. Ladd performs on a 1720 Italian Cello.