Joel Dallow has been a member of the cello section of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1999. He currently serves as Artistic Director and Founder of Riverside Chamber Players, Inc. and is on faculty at Georgia State University as the Instructor of Cello.
Dallow studied with Stephen Kates, Orlando Cole, William Stokking, Myron Lutzke, David Geber, and Crispin Campbell. He is a 1994 graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University and was awarded the Israel Dorman memorial award for achieving excellence in performance. He performs on a 1750 Edmund Aireton cello made in London.
Previously, Dallow was principal cello of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Reading Symphony Orchestra, and the Haddonfield Symphony. On a temporary basis, he has also performed with the cello sections of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. As a soloist, he has performed with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Gettysburg Symphony Orchestra, and with the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey.
Chamber music remains one of Dallow's passions. In 2003, he established Riverside Chamber Players, Inc. and currently serves as Artistic Director and cellist. Riverside’s mission is to present chamber music performances of the highest professional quality providing artistic, educational, and cultural enrichment for the local communities. He also performs with the Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills, in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Dallow has performed regularly with Music For All Seasons, Inc., an organization
devoted to providing the healing power of music to communities that may otherwise not have access to music for enjoyment: residents of hospitals, nursing homes, geriatric centers, prisons, and special facilities for children.
From the recording studio, Dallow's performances can be heard on many of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Grammy award-winning albums, in addition to "The Music of Michael Kurth" performed by the Riverside Chamber Players, available at www.riversidechamberplayers.org, or through Amazon, iTunes, and Cd Baby.
In 2016, Dallow joined the faculty at Georgia State University as the Instructor of Cello. He also maintains an extensive private studio that has launched many young cellists into university music programs nationwide over a period of two decades. He was previously a member of the faculty for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Talent Development Program. As a passionate advocate for arts education in the Fulton County School System, he was recognized by the Georgia American String Teachers Association with the 2011 Advocacy Award.
Q & A
What year did you join the ASO?
What's the most interesting or difficult facet of your instrument?
The fact that the combination of horse hair, metal, and wood can mimic the human voice is amazing, but the challenge of playing the instrument at the highest level possible never diminishes.
What do you do in your free time outside of work?
I enjoy home improvement projects, woodworking, painting, and cooking.
Do you come from a musical family?
Yes, both my parents are pianists. My father is also a composer and had the opportunity to sing in the boys choir for the coronation of the queen of England in 1952.
What is your post-concert routine?
I commute home to Roswell letting my brain unwind from focusing intently for the past few hours and then get in my hot tub so my muscles can also unwind.
Most memorable/favorite ASO memory or moment?
Performing with Stevie Wonder.