Professor of Music
George Work holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he also served as teaching assistant to Robert Sylvester. In addition to Robert Sylvester, his principal teachers include Paul Katz, Ronald Leonard, Gabor Rejto, and Carol Work. In 1981, he joined the Ames Piano Quartet, in residence at Iowa State University. The Quartet has released fourteen critically acclaimed CD recordings on the Sono Luminus, Musical Heritage, Dorian, and Albany labels, and has appeared in concert throughout the United States and Canada. International appearances include Kaliningrad, Russia, Salzburg, Austria, Paris and Marseilles, France, Taipei, Tainan, Kashiong and Taichung, Taiwan, Merida, Mexico and Cape Town, South Africa. The Quartet also performed in Cuba in 2000, the first American chamber ensemble to appear in concert there in more than forty years. In addition to concertizing with the Quartet, Work has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras in the Midwest, as well as in Taiwan, R.O.C and Kaliningrad, Russia. He was Visiting Professor of Cello at Drake University during 1997-98, and has taught and performed at numerous summer festivals, including the Schlern International Festival, Madeleine Island, the Texas Music Festival, and the Brevard Music Festival, among others. Work’s recording of the Ibert Concerto for Cello and Winds with the Baton Rouge Symphony Chamber Players, was released in September of 2012.