Cellist Drew Comstock has been praised for his “deep and sonorous” playing (South Florida Classical Review). He served as co-principal of the New World Symphony for three seasons under Michael Tilson-Thomas and other esteemed guests - leading performances at the Arscht Center, the New World Center, and Carnegie Hall. He was a member of the critically acclaimed Discovery Ensemble (Boston), and he regularly joins the cello sections of the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, and the North Carolina Symphony. In 2022, Comstock was selected as one of 15 Classical:NEXT fellows from around the globe.
A believer in the transformative power of chamber musician, Comstock has partnered with Looking at the Stars, an organization committed to providing classical music performances to prisoners in Canada. Comstock was 1 st prize winner in the Glenn Gould School’s Chamber Music competition, and has also shared the stage with Anthony Marwood, Jonathan Crow, David Geringas, Steven Dann, and Mark Fewer.
Drew has worked with composers John Adams, Osvaldo Goijov, and Steve Reich, as well as premiered works by Efstratios Minakakis and Michael Tilson-Thomas. Comstock seeks to empower the next generation of young musicians through programs such as the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Program, the NYO2 (USA), the Taylor Academy (Toronto), Iberacademy (Colombia), and the VIA Academy (Miami).
Comstock has performed at numerous music festivals including le Domaine Forget, Stratford Summer Music, Music by the Sea, Toronto Summer Music, Orford Musique, Hvide Sande Denmark, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Comstock began his musical studies in high school, graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He continued his education at the New England Conservatory, McGill University, and the Glenn Gould School. His teachers include Yeesun Kim, Brian Manker, Desmond Hoebig, Andres Diaz, and Steven Dann. Comstock can be heard performing regularly in Toronto on the Candlelight Concerts series.
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