After graduating from The Curtis Institute of Music in 1985, Lawrence Figg began work in Paris with the Orchestre de Chambre Alexander Stajic, L'Ensemble des Deux Mondes, and Chartres String Quartet. Based in Paris from 1985-1990 he did extensive chamber music and teaching, such as at the Conservatoire de Fontaineblaue, radio and television studio work, as well as guest artist appearances with French orchestras such as L'Ensemble Orchestral de Lille de France, The Toulon conservatory orchestra.
Lawrence was also asked to join Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain for it's 1988-89 season.
In 1990 Lawrence won a position in the Bordeaux National Orchestra where he worked until 1999, the last 5 of those years as principal cello.
A member of the Kansas City Symphony since 1999, Lawrence has been an adjunct professor of cello at Kansas University in Lawrence and is presently a faculty member of the Heartland Chamber Music Festival, as well as co-principal cello of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. He has also enjoyed appearing as guest soloist with regional ensembles such as The Kinnor Phlharmonic, performing Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, The Overland Park Civic Orchestra, performing Elgar's cello concerto, New Ear Contemporary Chamber Ensemble performing the Ligeti Cello concerto, and The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, performing over the years concertos of Boccherini, Vivaldi, and Haydn.
When Lawrence is not practicing, teaching or concertizing he enjoys spending time with his fiancée and their three dogs, Peanut, Butter, and Penelope.
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Allen Probus has been a cellist in the Kansas City Symphony since 2002. He received a bachelor's degree from Bob Jones University and holds a master's degree with the Cleveland Institute of Music, having studied with Stephen Geber, former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. While in Cleveland, Probus was also principal cellist of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and acting assistant principal of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. He has substituted with the Cleveland Orchestra and has toured Euope and the Far East with the Detroit and Pittsburgh Symphonies. Past summer festival engagements have included the Eastern Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Spoleto USA, Blossom Music Festival, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Probus maintains a full private teaching studio and is a faculty member of the Sforzando String Camp in Chicago. He is also a member of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.
Maria Crosby was born into a musically-inclined family. With ardent classical music enthusiasts for parents, and five string-playing siblings, she was immersed from birth in the works of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, and Bruckner, which indelibly impressed her imagination from a very young age.
Ms. Crosby began studying te cello at the age of six in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She continued her private studies under the tutelage of Allison Eldredge at the Preparatory Division of the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, and went on to study in the studios of Stephen Balderston and Tanya Carey at DePaul University in Chicago, where she completed her undergraduate studies in cello performance in 2007. Graduate school took her to the west coast, where she attended the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She studied there under Peter Stumpf and completed her Masters Degree in cello performance in 2010. In the last five years, Ms. Crosby has been active as both an orchestral and chamber musician.
She has performed on stages across the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Lithuania, Armenia, Greece, Russia, Japan and Brazil, and has participated in a variety of orchestral and chamber music festivals, including the Aegean Verdi Festival, the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, the Pacific Music Festival, the Banff Chamber Music Residency, the Recontres Franco-Americaines de Musique de Chambre and the Pine Mountain Music Festival. Ms. Crosby joined the Kansas City Symphony for the start of their 2012-2013 Season.
Cellist Matt Beckmann is a versatile performer comfortable in a wide variety of musical genres. Before returning to Kansas City, Matt had an active freelance career in the New York City area. He has performed with many ensembles in some of New York's most storied venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Radio City Music Hall, as well as smaller venues such as Joe's Pub and The Stone. Matt has participated in many summer festivals including the Bard Festival with the American Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center, and has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra.
Matt is a passionate and dedicated teacher to students of all ages. He and his wife, Alyssa Beckmann, recently founded the Kansas City Suzuki Academy, which offers violin, viola, cello, and flute instruction in the Suzuki Method. In the summers Matt has taught at the Point CounterPoint camp in Vermont and was recently co-coordinator of the Heartland Chamber Music Junior Festival in Kansas City.
In addition to his passion for teaching, Matt has a diverse performing career as a cellist in Kansas City. Matt was a member of the Kansas City Symphony during their 2014-15 season, and he has also performed with the KC Chamber Orchestra and is a founding member of the Kansas City Cello Quartet. Matt also performs frequently as a recitalist and chamber musician locally and across the Midwest.
Matt holds a BA from St. Olaf College and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. His primary teachers are Natasha Brofsky and David Carter, and he has benefited greatly from his close work with chamber musicians from the Takacs, Guarneri, and Cleveland Quartets.