Cellist Karissa Shivone joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during the 2016-2017 season at age 21. She comes to Pennsylvania most recently from Southern California, where she enjoyed performing regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a substitute cellist under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, Semyon Bychkov, Leonard Slatkin, and John Williams. Originally from Seattle, Shivone made her solo debut at age 15 performing with Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony as a winner of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Audition. Subsequently, she appeared as soloist with both the Colburn Orchestra at Zipper Hall and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, and with the Philharmonia Northwest.
An avid chamber musician, she won the Silver Medal at the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as the cellist of the Calla Quartet. Calla performed in festivals and recital venues around the world including Melbourne, Australia, New York, Chicago, Fort Worth, and Southern California.
Shivone has performed alongside artists such as Joseph Silverstein, Alexander Kerr, Yulianna Avdeeva, Donald Weilerstein, Alessio Bax, Robert deMaine, Barbara Westphal, and Martin Chalifour at prominent festivals including the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Sarasota Music Festival, Mimir Chamber Music Festival, Perlman Music Program, and Heifetz International Music Institute.
Shivone received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Colburn Conservatory of Music with Mr. Ronald Leonard. She began her studies at age 7 with Leslie Marckx, and she has worked with renowned cellists Steven Isserlis, Efe Baltacigil, Raymond Davis, Meeka Quan-diLorenzo, Johannes Moser, Desmond Hoebig, and Richard Aaron.
Karissa is married to bass-baritone Thomas Shivone and greatly enjoys performing chamber music concerts all around Pittsburgh.