Jan Pfeiffer-Rios, a native Missourian, is the founder and director of the Lavazza Chamber Ensemble. In the New England area she plays with the Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Ballet, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Ms. Pfeiffer-Rios was concerto soloist in Carnegie Hall, toured Italy with Musicisti Americani, and was featured on Charles Kuraltís television program. A frequent performer of contemporary music, she has had pieces written for her by John Carbon, Simon Andrews, and John McDonald, performed for Ned Rorem, and played with Alea III and New England Conservatoryís Enchanted Music Circle. Her recital and solo appearances have taken her across the United States and to Italy, and include recitals at Lincoln Center and the New England Conservatory. Ms. Pfeiffer-Rios has performed chamber music with Michael Tilson Thomas, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and pianist Hung Kuan Chen.

She teaches and coaches at Boston College and the All Newton Music School, in addition to her home studio. She is the director of the Chamber Music Center at Wellesley College. Her cello is a Santino Lavazza, made in Milan in 1751.

Ms. Pfeiffer-Rios went to school at the University of Southern California and the New England Conservatory, studying cello with Gabor Rejto, Ronald Leonard, and Laurence Lesser, as well as Harvey Shapiro at Juilliard, and chamber music with Eugene Lehner, Louis Krasner and Robert Koff. She was the first holder of the Emanuel Feuermann Cello Chair with the National Orchestra of New York, as well as the first recipient of the Claus Adam Award.

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