Amy Glidden Associate concertmaster (Louis P. Ciminelli Family Foundation Chair)
Amy Glidden is currently the associate concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic, a position she has held since 2000. A native of Wichita, Kansas, Amy attended the University of Kansas, where she received a B.A. in Biology as well as a B.M. in Violin Performance. Subsequently, she received a Master of Violin Performance degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Amy has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, and the Canadian National Ballet Orchestra. While a resident of San Francisco, Amy served as assistant concertmaster of the Marin Symphony and concertmaster of the Mendocino Music Festival. She travels west each summer to participate in the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and the Grand Teton Music Festival, where she has been a festival participant for 4 years. Amy has often performed as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, including performances of the Chausson Poeme, Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, and Vaughaun-Williams The Lark Ascending. Other local solo engagements include performances with the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra and the Amherst Symphony. Amy is a founding member of the Clara String Quartet, comprised of BPO musicians, which has performed on many chamber music venues across Western New York. In addition, Amy periodically returns to her hometown of Wichita, Kansas to collaborate in the "Chamber Music in the Barn" series. Locally, she performs with the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival and Buffalo Chamber Players. Besides maintaining a private violin studio, Amy is a Suzuki violin instructor and teaches at Orchard Park Suzuki Strings.