Jolyon Pegis, cellist, was born in Rochester, NY. He attended Indiana University and the University of Hartford and his principal teachers include Fritz Magg, Gary Hoffman, and David Wells. Mr. Pegis is a winner of the Artists International Awards in New York City. He has appeared as soloist with the Virginia Symphony, Maui Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and the West Virginia Symphony among others. He gave his formal recital debut in New York at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1990 and has since appeared as a recitalist across the country. As a champion of new music he has commissioned and premiered several works and has worked with composers such as Gunther Schuller, Lukas Foss, and Don Freund. Jolyon was a member of the contemporary ensemble “Voices of Change” from 2004-2010. He has served on the faculties of Southern Methodist University, the Hartt School of Music, and the D’Angelo School of Music at Mercyhurst College. He was a member of the Arcadia Trio in residence at the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival and has also been featured at the Anchorage Festival of the Arts and the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival in Buffalo. He was the Principal Cellist of the San Antonio Symphony from 1995- 2000. Currently, Jolyon is the Associate Principal Cellist of the Dallas Symphony and Principal Cellist of the Chautauqua Symphony. Recent performances include solo appearances with the Salina Symphony, Laredo Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, and the Bozeman Symphony as well as recitals in Texas, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York. He has given masterclasses at Baylor University, Eastern Michigan University, the University of Georgia, SUNY Fredonia, the University of Toronto, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Eastman School of Music.