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Sheryl Staples

Acting Concertmaster
The Charles E. Culpeper Chair
Sheryl Staples

Violinist Sheryl Staples joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Associate Concertmaster, The Elizabeth G. Beinecke Chair, in September 1998 and currently serves as Acting Concertmaster, The Charles E. Culpeper Chair. She has performed as soloist with more than 40 orchestras nationwide, including The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles and Louisiana Philharmonic orchestras, and the San Diego Pacific, and Albany symphony orchestras. She made her New York Philharmonic solo debut in 1999 performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Kurt Masur conducting, and has since returned as soloist in works by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and others.

An active chamber musician, Ms. Staples has participated in the Santa Fe, La Jolla, Brightstar, Martha’s Vineyard, and Seattle Chamber Music Festivals; has been a faculty artist at the Aspen, Bowdoin, and Sarasota music festivals; and was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio. She appears on three Stereophile recordings with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. In the New York area, she performs with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles and the Lyric Chamber Music Society.

At the age of 26, Ms. Staples was appointed associate concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra, a position she held for three years. She has taught at The Cleveland Institute of Music, Encore School for Strings, and Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Previously, in Southern California, she was concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and held faculty positions at the University of Southern California and the Colburn School of Performing Arts. She is on the faculty of The Juilliard School, where she teaches orchestral excerpts. 

A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Staples was a scholarship student at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, a Young Musicians Foundation Scholar, and a W.M. Keck Scholar at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, spending summers at the Encore School for Strings. She earned an artist diploma from the University of Southern California. Her principal teacher was Robert Lipsett and her ensemble mentor was Heiichiro Ohyama.

Ms. Staples performs on the “Kartman” Guarnerius del Gesu, c. 1728.

Sheryl Staples is married to percussionist Barry Centanni. They have two children, Michael and Laura.