Brian Snow


College Orchestral Institute
High School Orchestral Institute

Cellist Brian Snow is Associate Professor of Cello at Bowling Green State University. Praised by the Boston Globe for his “…pugnacious, eloquent, self-assurance…”, Dr. Snow has performed and recorded with a variety of artists, including Meredith Monk, The National, Max Richter, Björk, and the Emerson String Quartet and has worked closely with composers including Nico Muhly, David T. Little, and Martin Bresnick. In 2013, he and violinist Caroline Chin released a critically acclaimed CD of violin and cello music by Elliott Carter on Centaur Records. This will be followed by a 2024 release of violin/cello duos by Samuel Adler, Christopher Dietz, and Jessie Montgomery on the Toccata label. He has also appeared on New Amsterdam, Innova, Deutsche Grammophon, Cantaloupe, and Naxos labels.

He has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bargemusic, 92nd St. Y, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan, and has performed regularly with many prominent contemporary music ensembles, including ACME, Alarm Will Sound, Da Capo Chamber Players, and Talea Ensemble. As principal cellist of New York Symphonic Ensemble, Dr. Snow performed in halls throughout Japan on that ensemble's annual tours and has appeared as soloist at halls in Fukuoka and Sendai. Other concerto appearances include Riverside Orchestra in New York, Longy Chamber Orchestra in Boston as winner of the Longy Concerto Soloists Competition, Crescent City Symphony in New Orleans, the Hartt Symphony as first prize winner of the Paranov Competition, and the BGSU Philharmonia. Dr. Snow has presented recitals and masterclasses nationally and internationally at institutions including Oberlin Conservatory, University of Missouri, Sam Houston State University, and Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China. Highlights of the 2023-24 season included recital appearances at Michigan State University, Baldwin Wallace University, the University of Manitoba, and performances in Vienna, Linz, Carnegie Hall, and Miami as a guest member of the Cleveland Orchestra cello section. 

Dr. Snow received a DMA from Stony Brook University, a MM from Yale, and holds degrees from Hartt and Longy Schools of Music. His teachers have included Aldo Parisot, David Finckel, and Colin Carr. Dr. Snow has previously served in faculty positions at Sarah Lawrence College, Western Connecticut State University, and Brooklyn Conservatory. He performs on a cello made by master American luthier Jon van Kouwenhowen.