Classical 91.5

Tahirah Whittington, cello

Feb 19, 2020

Credit Fionn O'lochlainn

Tahirah Whittington, originally from Houston, TX, has performed for audiences in the United States, Chile, France, Italy, Spain, Canada, Bermuda, St. Kitts, and Japan. Solo engagements include a performance with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, as a result of winning 1st prize at the 1999 Sphinx Competition.

Ms. Whittington was recently the onstage cellist for Broadway play, Romeo and Juliet, starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad at New York's Richard Rodgers Theatre. She was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall for the Sphinx Gala. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Whittington has toured with chamber music theater group, Core Ensemble and string octet, The Young Eight. Tahirah is presently a resident member of the Ritz Chamber Players based in Jacksonville, FL.

Ms. Whittington is featured on Cedille Records' recording of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson's unaccompanied cello work, "Lamentations: a Black Folk Song Suite." Tahirah has been fortunate to also collaborate with jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman and reggae artist Beres Hammond. She has played on the recordings of R&B artists Alicia Keys, Angie Stone, and Joe, as well as gospel singer, Donnie McClurkin.

Ms. Whittington received her Master's Degree in Cello Performance from The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick, and received her Bachelor's Degree at the New England Conservatory as a student of Laurence Lesser. Tahirah continued her cello studies with Hans Jørgen Jensen

More information can be found on her website