BEN SOLOMONOW (cello) was a Bronze medal winner in the Junior Division of the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as a member of Quartet Ardella and has been featured on WFMT and NPR. He has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, and the SOKA Performing Arts Center. Solomonow has collaborated with esteemed artists such as Josef Silverstein, Gary Hoffman, Emanuel Ax, Roberto Diaz, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Martin Beaver, Meng-Chieh Liu, Anton Nel, Rami Solomonow, Vadim Gluzman, Ilya Kaler, Paul Coletti, Atar Arad, and members of the Tokyo, Cleveland, Vermeer, Pacifica, and Avalon String Quartets. In addition to concerto appearances with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and the Colburn Orchestra, he has been invited to participate in the Colburn Chamber Music Society series as well as Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, and he is a guest artist with the Chicago Chamber Musicians. Solomonow is a Master of Music candidate at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Clive Greensmith. He performs on an 1898 Vincenzo Postiglione cello on generous loan by the Stradivari Society of Chicago.