Described recently as “red-hot” by Chicago Classical Review, cellist
Thor Sigurdson has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over three
decades with his unmistakably committed performances. The New York
Times has singled him out for his “evocative, poised playing”, and
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel has exclaimed, “Sigurdson is a dynamic
player. He carves out phrases passionately. His technique is more than
respectable; his tone is juicy.”
Sigurdson received his bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School as
one of the final students of the great Leonard Rose. Upon graduation,
he was among the first cellists selected by Michael Tilson Thomas to
perform in Miami’s celebrated New World Symphony, an ensemble with
which he performed and toured internationally for three seasons. He
was subsequently hired as Associate Principal Cellist of the Florida
Philharmonic, a post he held for 13 years, finishing his tenure as
Principal Cellist. Over his 25-year orchestral career, he performed
under dozens of legendary maestros, including Leonard Bernstein, Sir
Georg Solti, and Seiji Ozawa. As a soloist and chamber musician he was
a finalist in both the National Society of Arts and Letters Cello
Competition and the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.
Throughout his life, Sigurdson has always been a passionate advocate
for young musicians, and he currently maintains a full teaching roster
of both cello and double bass students. His past pupils have gone on
to successful careers in both music performance and music education.
He’s also an experienced orchestral conductor, and he dedicates
himself to working closely with youth orchestras wherever his career
Sought after as a superb studio musician, Sigurdson’s cello solos have
been featured on albums by Gloria Estefan, Extreme, Collective Soul,
Zakk Wylde, Plácido Domingo, and many others. For over 20 years he’s
had the honor of being a voting member of the National Academy of
Recording Arts and Sciences, which presents the annual Grammy Awards.
His own debut recording of favorite cello solos with harpist Nichole
Luchs, entitled After a Dream, is now available.
After recently relocating his family to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his
wife is earning a PhD in Social Work, Sigurdson is excited to pursue
his solo career in earnest, and in between concert tours he remains
committed to training young musicians in the greater Detroit area.