Stefan Reuss

Cellist Stefan Reuss, a founding member of the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, has gained recognition as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in Europe, Canada and the United States. A native of Germany, he was a member of the Ensemble for Renaissance and Early Baroque Music in Hanover, Germany, as well as the Argentine chamber ensemble Camerata Bariloche, with which he toured around the world performing in South America, Japan, Thailand, India, Greece, Italy and Austria. For his New York City Debut in Carnegie Hall, he performed the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto. 


Mr. Reuss has studied with Antonio Janigro in Germany and Austria, and later with Harvey Shapiro at the Juilliard School, where he received his Master of Music degree. He was on the faculties of the University of Northern Iowa and the California Music Center before joining the San Francisco Symphony in 1985, and has appeared regularly as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra of which he was the principal cellist from 1988 to 2014. He is a founding member of the Salon Concert series at the Rochester Academy of Medicine which is presenting Beethoven’s entire piano trio repertoire this season in recognition of the composer’s 250th birth year in 2020. 


He lives in Pittsford with his wife Valerie, who recently retired as a social worker at Hillside Children’s Center. His son Joshua is in his third year as an oncology fellow at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, and David, his younger son, works for a Mountain View, CA start up company, developing new communication technologies. Mr. Reuss performs on a beautiful Italian cello made by Joseph Guadagnini in 1798.