Dorothea Figueroa | Cello
A few words about Dorothea Figueroa
German Cellist Dorothea Figueroa has been Associate Principal Cellist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2002.
Ms. Figueroa gave her Debut as soloist at the Gewandhaus with the Dvorak Concerto in 2000, and returned in 2004 to the sold out hall performing the Haydn D major Concerto to critical acclaim. She gave recitals and concerts in historical venues such as the Mendelssohn and Bach Houses in Leipzig, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Kaisersaal München, or at Cité de la Musique Paris. Dorothea has appeared on several Radio broadcasts, including the National Radio Deutschlandfunk and Radio Kultur.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Figueroa has performed with various ensembles. She joined Gewandhaus String Quartet for its national castle tour, and toured Germany and Slowenia with a Clarinet Quintet founded at Juilliard. Already as a teenager, she won Germany's National Competiton "Jugend musiziert" with her cello quartet "Die Vier Cellisten", subsequently touring all over Europe. The love for multi-cello ensembles continued: in 2000 she performed in the III. World Cello Congress with more than 200 cellists on stage, and this year played at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in a concert of 8 Cellists from Lincoln Center New York. Last year she gave a concert with the 12 Cellists of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, where she is on faculty since 2009, and was herself a founding member in 2000 and 2001. Other festival appearances include Schleswig-Holstein, Oberstdorf, Salzburg, Ljubljana and Kronberg Festivals.
Dorothea was the Grand 1st prize Winner of the Citibank Music Prize Competition, under patronage of Kurt Masur, which included a full scholarship to study at the Juilliard School under Harvey Shapiro. She was also a recipient of the graduate scholarship from the DAAD, who featured her recently for its anniversary brochure as one of the most prominent 25 alumni.
Besides her Masters of Music from Juilliard in 2001, Dorothea holds Diplomas both in Violoncello and Pedagogy with highest honors from Leipzig Hochschule, where she studied with Matthias Moosdorf. From the European Union she received the Erasmus Sokrates Scholarship to study for an exchange year at the CNSM in Paris with Philippe Muller.