Recipient of the Prize for Most Promising Contestant at the 2005 Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris, Alan Toda-Ambaras has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Sandeep Das, and the Silk Road Ensemble, the Parker Quartet, and the Borromeo Quartet; appeared at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; and performed in Tokyo’s Centre Hall, the Taos Music Festival, Massachusetts State Hall, and the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall. He has participated in masterclasses and taken lessons with many of the world's foremost artists, including Luis Claret, Philippe Muller, Ralph Kirshbaum, Gary Hoffman, David Geringas (at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, in Siena), Jens Peter Maintz, Frans Helmerson, Anner Bylsma (all three at the Kronberg Academy in Germany), Janos Starker, and Joel Krosnick. A graduate of the joint-degree program between Harvard College and the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC), Alan has an A.B. in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard and an M.M. from NEC, where he studied with Laurence Lesser. His passion for exploring the intersection of music, entrepreneurship, and society led him to co-found the interdisciplinary music organization Project LENS (experiencelens.com), and the Eureka Ensemble (eurekaensemble.org), an organization dedicated to using classical music as a vehicle for social action and community engagement. Alan is the director and primary coach for the Quad Chamber Players, a program he established during his three-year term as Music Scholar-in-Residence for Harvard’s Cabot House.