Chava Appiah’s performance experience spans from Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and Carnegie Hall, to more intimate settings such as Emmanuel Church of Boston and The Cleveland Institute of Art. Passionate about orchestra and chamber music, Chava has played in the Grant Park Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Colorado Music and Cabrillo festivals. She was principal cellist with Spoleto Festival USA, Pacific Music Festival, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and New World Symphony. While at Spoleto, she performed in US premieres of Vivaldi’s Farnace and Lachenmann’s Little Match Girl.
A strong advocate for making the arts more accessible to a wider audience, Ms. Appiah has engaged with various communities through organizations such as the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, the Community Performances and Partnerships Program of New England Conservatory, the Boston Philharmonic, Grant Park fellowship program, and her all-cello ensemble, Cellos Unleashed! She strives to break the wall between audience and performer, making music an interactive experience, and performed many lecture recitals during her four years as a New World Symphony fellow prior to joining ASO.
Ms. Appiah studied at the New England Conservatory and Oberlin College and Conservatory, earning degrees in both Cello Performance and Neuroscience. Her teachers were Natasha Brofsky, Catharina Meints, and Alan Rafferty.
In her free time, Ms. Appiah enjoys reading, traveling, and exploring nature. She is an enthusiastic animal lover.