ALAN RICHARDSON (cello) is a founding member of the prizewinning Aeolus Quartet. The ensemble is currently the Graduate Resident String Quartet at The Juilliard School, and held similar posts at the University of Texas and the University of Maryland. Richardson received his bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Richard Aaron and Melissa Kraut. Richardson has performed in many of the great halls across North America, Europe, and Asia including Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Montreal's Pollack Hall, Trondheim Frimurerlogen, and the Hamburg Laeiszhalle. As a member of the Aeolus Quartet, he was awarded Grand Prize at the 2011 Plowman and Yellow Springs Competitions, top strings prize at the 2009 Coleman Competition, Silver Medal at the 2011 Fischoff Competition, and a Bronze Medal at the 2010 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition. Richardson has served on the string faculty at the 2011 and 2013 Austin Chamber Music Festivals, as well as George Washington University's 2013 String Piano Chamber Music Institute. He has served as teaching assistant at The Juilliard School, University of Texas, and University of Maryland, and is currently serving as a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University.