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Sujari Britt plays a Neuner and Hornsteiner cello made in Mittenwald, Germany circa 1718, generously loaned to her by Carlsen Cello Foundation

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Cellist Sujari Britt showed her prodigious talent and uncanny devotion to and understanding of music from a very early age.  She began formal study of the cello at age four, following her study on the violin, and piano.

 

Now 15 years old, Sujari began her college studies at the prestigious conservatory Manhattan School of Music (MSM) in Fall 2014.

 

Sujari was 2009-10 recipient of the Dianne Flagello Precollege Division Scholarship Endowment and 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14 recipient of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation Scholarship at MSM, where she studies with noted pedagogue Marion Feldman.  

 

Sujari’s ability on the cello was rewarded when she won first place in the 2008 annual Associated Music Teachers League, Inc. scholarship competition. Sujari won the conservatory’s 2010-2011 concerto competition, culminating in a solo performance with the Symphony Orchestra in November 2011.  Sujari was awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award through From the Top; she performed on From the Top/WQXR radio program which aired in Fall 2011, and she serves in the Arts Leadership Program. In February 2013, Sujari presented at Carnegie Hall as the Grand Prize winner of the New York Concerti Sinfonietta Shining Stars competition; and in December 2014, she presented at Merkin Hall as Grand Prize winner in the young artists New York Chamber Orchestra competition.

 

Sujari opened the 2014-15 season with Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra as soloist in their Classics Series. She was featured at the UN’s international HeforShe in September, and she presented at Madison Square Garden during quarter time for the NY Knicks In January. In October 2013 Sujari was a featured artist for the Shakespeare Company’s annual gala honoring Elizabeth McGovern at the Harman Arts Center in Washington, DC. Also in the 2013 season, Sujari performed at the United Nations for 2013 annual World Humanitarian Day on August 19th. Sujari served as the featured guest performer for the Adrian Symphony Orchestra Casual Classic Concert in May 2012. In May 2011 Sujari was the featured artist at the 28th Annual Children’s Concert for the Gary Historic and Cultural Society in Gary, Indiana. In 2010, Sujari closed  the 11th Annual International Tropical Baroque Music Festival of the Miami Bach Society in Coral Gables, Florida, and in April, she performed at Carnegie’s Weill Hall as a winner of the National Young Musicians Concerto Competition. She was invited as a guest performer at the Fifth Annual Midori and Friends Children’s Music Festival where she shared the progamme with Midori and with renowned clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera. In November 2009, Sujari had the honor of performing with Alisa Weilerstein at the White House for President Obama, the First Lady, and their distinguished guests, where she was brought to the attention of many notables in the classical music industry.   

 

In February 2011, Sujari was featured as one of NBC TheGrio’s “100 History Makers in the Making” and her story was highlighted as a news item on the Today Show, and on NBC news stations across the nation. In May 2012 Sujari was featured in Ebony.com, and in September Sujari joined a host of prodigious young movers of the world on TEDx-Redmond of TED Talks. Sujari also is featured in an on-line THKR/RadicalMedia PRODIGIES, a TIME for Kids/Time Magazine article, and a segment of Katie! with Katie Couric. Sujari is StayThirsty Winter 2014 Spotlight Artist to watch! 

 

In addition to being a member of JoSunJari, a classical string trio with her sister Joelle (violin), and her brother Sunnaj (violin); Sujari participates in the Kronos Quartet Program with Kaufman Center’s Face the Music, an alt-classical ensemble; is a member of the Harlem Chamber Players, a classical ensemble; and a member of Aziza and the Cure, a self-styled symphonic-soul-pop band co-founded by her sister Joelle. 

Sujari has participated in various summer music festivals including Manhattan in the Mountains, New York University String Camp, Greenwood Music Festival, Gateway Music Festival, and Kaufman String Camp.

 

In addition to her prowess on cello, Sujari expresses a variety of special talents and interests including painting, acting, running, music composition, sketching, and fiction writing!

 

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