Thalia Moore

Assistant Principal Cello

Thalia Moore


Thalia Moore is a native of Washington D.C. She began her cello studies with Robert Hofmekler, and after only five years of study appeared as a soloist with National Symphony Orchestra of Washington at John F. Kennedy Center’s  Concert Hall. After two years of study with Christopher Rex in Philadelphia, she enrolled at The Juilliard School of Music as a scholarship student of Lynn Harrell and received her Bachelor’s and Master of Music in 1979 and 1980. While at Juilliard, she was the recipient of the Walter and Elsie Naumberg Scholarship and won first prize in the National Arts and Letters String Competition.

Moore has been an associate principal cellist of San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1982 and assistant principal cellist of San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since 1989. She has continued to concertize extensively, appearing as a soloist at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, Herbst Theater, and San Francisco Legion of Honor, among others. She has performed as a guest artist at Olympic Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, and Music in the Vineyards Chamber Music Festival.

In 1979, she was a founding member of the Aurora Baroque Ensemble, based in New York, and has performed many baroque and classical operas under such conductors as Nicholas McGegan, Sir Charles Mackerras, and Roy Goodman.

As a member of the new music groups Earplay and Empyrean Ensemble, she has recorded works by Mario Davidovsky, Maria Niederberger, Ross Bauer, Cindy Cox, Jorge Liderman, Kurt Rohde, and David Rakowski. She has presented numerous premieres of works, including the 2005 world premiere of Laws of Motion, a concerto by Richard Festinger written especially for her.