Drew Dansby

Instrument: cello

Education: Oberlin College and Conservatory B.A. in Chemistry (minors in Sociology and Comparative American Studies) and B.M. in Cello Performance, expected spring 2024

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Joined the CSO in 2024

Professional Experiences: cellist, Poiesis Quartet (2022-present, 2023 Fischoff Grand Prize winners); cellist, Verbier Festival Orchestra (2022-23, including principal cellist in 2023); acting section cellist, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (2021-22 season); cellist, Charlotte Piano Trio (2019-present); associate principal cellist, New York String Orchestra (2019)

Where do you draw inspiration from as a musician? My string quartet always pushes me beyond my comfort zone to be a better chamber musician and collaborator.

What's on your playlist? I listen to R&B mostly, and some of my favorite artists are Snoh Aalegra and Mariah the Scientist.

What are your favorite things to do in Cincinnati? The Contemporary Arts Center was one of the first things I did in Cincinnati and I loved it!

Favorite food? Gummy worms

Fun fact: My favorite cartoon is Fairly Oddparents.