Lillian Pettitt – Cello/Bass/Piano
A native of Texas, Lillian began her musical studies at the age of 3 while studying piano at the Suzuki Institute of Houston. After three years of piano lessons and two years of violin lessons she went to hear Yo-Yo Ma perform with the Houston Symphony and immediately switched to the cello. After studying with Chris French while attending the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts she moved to San Francisco to continue her studies. She attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music while studying with Jean- Michael Fonteneau and performing regularly with the Oakland Symphony and the Stockton Symphony. She then moved to Chicago and received her Masters in Music from DePaul University School of Music while studying with Stephen Balderston of the Chicago Symphony. Lillian has performed extensively across the United States and Europe. She recently won permanent positions in the Kalamazoo Symphony, West Michigan Symphony and Orchestra Iowa and also performs regularly with Chicago Opera Theater. As an active orchestral musician, Lillian has performed under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Susanna Mälkki, Daniel Boico, Carlos Miguel Prieto and Hans Graff. She has also performed with the Madison Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Illinois Symphony, 42nd Parallel, Oistrakh, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. When she is not playing the cello Lillian enjoys reading, running and taking cooking classes.