Alan Toda-Ambaras is the recipient of the Prize for Most Promising Contestant at the 2005 Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris. Alan is active as both a soloist and a chamber musician. He has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, appeared at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and performed in the Taos Music Festival and the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall. Alan has participated in masterclasses and taken lessons with many of the world's foremost artists, including Luis Claret, Philippe Muller, Ralph Kirshbaum, Gary Hoffman, David Geringas (at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, in Siena), Jens Peter Maintz, Frans Helmerson, Anner Bylsma (all three at the Kronberg Academy in Germany), Janos Starker, and Joel Krosnick. He received an Artist Development Fellowship from Harvard, where he enjoyed studying the evolving significance of human gesture and physicality in modern and postmodern painting. He has an A.B. in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Laurence Lesser. Alan just finished his second year as Music Scholar in Residence in Harvard's Cabot House and as co-director of the Quad Chamber Program.