Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin first appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as flute soloist at the age of 16, and has subsequently performed throughout Europe, Latin America, South America, Russia, China and the US as both soloist and recitalist. With pianist David Witten, she frequently performs as a member of Dúo Clásico. Since 1986 the Duo has represented the US on State Department-sponsored foreign tours.
Hershman-Tcherepnin is both founding member and flutist of Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston. Other local activities have included performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera Company, New England Ragtime Ensemble, Portland (Maine) and Springfield (Mass.) Symphonies, and Broadway productions in the musical theaters of Boston.
Deeply committed to new music, Sue-Ellen performs regularly with numerous contemporary music ensembles. She has given many world premieres, including flute concertos by Tom Flaherty and William Eldridge, the latter of which was written in memory of her late husband, composer Ivan Tcherepnin. She has been flutist with Dinosaur Annex Contemporary Music Ensemble since 1985, and was appointed Artistic Director in 2002.
Sue-Ellen was raised in Norwood, Massachusetts (USA), received her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University and Master of Music degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her principal teachers were Phillip Kaplan, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Samuel Baron.
Ms. Hershman-Tcherepnin has been a visiting artist at many universities and conservatories, including the Shanghai Conservatory (China), the Mozarteum (Austria), and the Porto Allegre Conservatory (Brazil). Closer to home, Sue-Ellen has taught at South Shore Conservatory (Hingham, MA), New School of Music (Cambridge, MA), New England Conservatory (preparatory division) and Tufts University. She has served as the principal flute instructor at MIT since 1991, where she is also founding director of MIT’s Flute Ensemble, The Institooters. From 1995-1999 Hershman-Tcherepnin also served as President of the 1800-member American Federation of Musicians Local 9-535-Boston.