Cellist Paige Stockley, Cornish faculty, is known for championing the music of living composers from the Pacific Northwest. She is the founder of the St. Helens String Quartet, which received two 4Culture grants for commissioning new works and a recording residency at Jack Straw. The quartet is releasing its first CD of new works this summer, entitled “American Dreams,” and performs at Benaroya Recital Hall, Lopez Community Center and Cornish College of the Arts.
Paige holds a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her early training was at the University of Washington, where she studied with cellist Toby Saks while earning a double major in Political Science and English. She has also played in orchestras around the world: from Connecticut to Spain, Mexico City, Prague and Krakow, where she spent a year at the European Mozart Academy playing under the baton of Sandor Vegh and studying with Steven Isserlis. Her main teachers have included Ardyth Alton, Michael Haber and Valentin Hirsu. She served as the cellist on a West Coast tour with singer Rickie Lee Jones and was principal cellist on the European Mozart Academy tour of Mozart’s “Zaide” arranged by Luciano Berio.
Performing frequently with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and the Auburn and Tacoma Symphonies, Paige also records television and film soundtracks with Seattle Music. She coordinates the Seattle Chamber Music Festival’s “chamber music in the public schools” program each spring, and is the artistic director of Second Sundays in Snohomish. She loves working with young players and encouraging their love of music.
Paige’s solo CD, “August Ruins,” a five-movement suite for cello with original music by Peter Vukmirovic Stevens, is already a top seller on Amazon.
Her 140-year-old French cello, made in 1879 by Francois Hypolite Caussin, is perfectly complemented by a French bow made in 1880 by the great master Voirin. Paige’s worldwide, cello-related travels have influenced her non-musical interests as well, deeply informing her interests in design and cooking. She lives in a 100-year-old house near Seattle’s Lake Union, with her husband Steve and daughter Daisy.