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, Mexico, South America, Russia, and the United States as both soloist and recitalist. With pianist David Witten, she frequently performs as a member of Duo Clasico. 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 include 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 has given many world premieres, including California composer Tom Flaherty’s Flute Concerto and a flute concerto by Massachusetts composer William Eldridge, written for her in memory of her late husband, Ivan Tcherepnin. Since 1985 she has been flutist with Dinosaur Annex Contemporary Music Ensemble. She was also appointed Co-Artistic Director of Dinosaur Annex 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. Hershman-Tcherepnin also served as President of the 1800-member American Federation of Musicians Local 9-535-Boston from 1995-1999. She has taught at conservatories and music schools throughout the Boston area, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1991.