Amy Glidden

Associate Concertmaster (Louis P. Ciminelli Family Foundation Endowed Chair)

Amy Glidden is currently the associate concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Praised by the Buffalo News for her “keen rhythmic acuity, consistently fine tone, and an innate sense of phrasing,” Amy has performed on stages throughout Western NY. 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. She was previously the concertmaster of the Mendocino Music Festival and the assistant concertmaster of the Marin Symphony. Amy was recently appointed concertmaster of the Saratoga Opera orchestra, in addition to traveling west each summer to participate in the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. As a chamber musician, Amy performs with the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival and the Buffalo Chamber Players, and is a founding member of the Artemis and Clara String Quartets.

Amy has often performed as a soloist with the BPO, as well as solo engagements with the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, the Amherst Symphony, the Buffalo State Philharmonic, the Cheektowaga Symphony, and the Orchard Park Symphony. She is the founding violin faculty member at the Buffalo State University string program and performed at the dedication of Buffalo State's Ciminelli Recital Hall. In addition, Amy maintains an active home studio and has given masterclasses throughout Western NY as well as nationally.