Dorothy Lawson

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Dorothy Lawson is a Canadian cellist and composer based in New York City.[1][2] She is best known as a co-founder and artistic director of the string quartet ETHEL.[3][4] On the founding of ETHEL she says, "we... realized that we were in the middle of a really powerful new upsurge of creative energy in music of our time that we were kind of the perfect vehicle for."[5]

Prior to ETHEL, Lawson toured with Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, Bang on a Can All-Stars and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She was a founding member of the Rossetti and Roerich String Quartets, and served 10 years as faculty of Joseph Fuchs' Alfred University Summer Chamber Music Institute.[6][7][8] Lawson was an orchestra member of the 2002 Off-Broadway production of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years and the 2005 Broadway production of The Woman in White.[9][10] She has been a member of the Ron Carter Nonet.[11] Lawson appears on multiple recordings, including the GRAMMY Award-winning album Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman[12][13] She is a member of acclaimed Brazilian jazz pianist Marcelo Zarvos +Group.[14][15] Lawson is a graduate of the Juilliard School and a current faculty at the Preparatory Division of Mannes College at the New School.[16] She is quoted numerous times in the book How to Grow as a Musician: What All Musicians Must Know to Succeed by Sheila E. Anderson on the topic of how to balance work and family as a working musician.[17]


  1. ^ The Canadian Encyclopedia
  2. ^ "An Environmental Album Recaptured in a Concert ‘Documerica,’ at BAM, Featuring the New-Music Quartet Ethel",The New York Times, by Steve Smith, Oct. 6, 2013 [1]
  3. ^ "Traveling With a Moody Old Friend That’s Tightly Strung", The New York Times, by Dorothy Lawson, April 8, 2008 [2]
  4. ^ ETHEL: IT'S ABOUT TIME., Classical Music and Dance Guide, The New York Times, November 1, 2002 [3]
  5. ^ Art Works Podcast: Dorothy Lawson and Ralph Farris, of the new music quartet ETHEL, National Endowment for the Arts [4]
  6. ^ Arts Ashima Music Festival Bio
  7. ^ Grand Canyon Music Festival Bio
  8. ^ Mannes Faculty
  9. ^ AllMusic Credits
  10. ^ Broadway World Credits
  11. ^ "Jazz Bassist Ron Carter: Helping Others Sound Their Best, Famed musician is a stand-up guy", All Things Strings, by Dan Ouellette, May 2004 "Jazz Bassist Ron Carter: Helping Others Sound Their Best / Interviews & Profiles / News / All Things Strings". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-25.
  12. ^ Allmusic Credits
  13. ^ Artist Direct
  14. ^ All About Jazz review
  15. ^ Allmusic review
  16. ^ Mannes Faculty
  17. ^ How to Grow as a Musician: What All Musicians Must Know to Succeed by Sheila E. Anderson, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., Jul 1, 2005 [5]