Lori Barnet

Lori Barnet

Professorial Lecturer
Phillips Hall B-110
Phone: 202-994-9032

Areas of Expertise


Lori Barnet is an experienced cellist in many genres. She has served as principal cellist of numerous orchestras including the Augusta (GA) Symphony (1982-84), Alexandria (VA) Symphony (1990-98), The Washington Chamber Symphony (1992-2002), The National Philharmonic (1985-present) and the Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra (1985-present). She has appeared as soloist with all these groups. Additionally, she has  served as guest principal of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra in Ft. Myers, FL.

Her studies at Bennington College (B.A., 1974) with George Finkel and Barbara Stein Mallow in cello, with Jacob Glick in chamber music, and with Pulitzer Prize winner Henry Brant in composition, generated a life-long commitment to contemporary repertoire. She has consulted with composers on string writing and premiered numerous works in her positions as cellist with Penn Contemporary Players in Philadelphia (1978-91), with the Contemporary Music Forum in Washington, D.C. (1985-2005) and as principal cellist with Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia (1992-present) where she holds the Dell Venarde Principal Cello Chair. She has also soloed with Orchestra 2001 and participated on its tours to Russia, England and Denmark in 1993, 1994 and 1997 and to Cuba in 2012. She can be heard on the numerous recordings by these groups, available on Orion and CRI records, as well as solo recordings of works by Robert Parris and Herman Berlinski.

A more recent interest in period performance practice led Professor Barnet to begin studies on Baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai in Cambridge, MA, in 2003. Thus far Professor Barnet has participated in the International Baroque Institute at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge in 2003 - 2007 and 2009 and 2010, and the Amherst Music Festival in 2013 where she was continuo cellist for the production of Purcell’s Fairy Queen. She has appeared with Ensemble Gaudior, Opera Vivente, Washington Concert Opera, Wolf Trap Opera Company, Vivaldi Project, Washington Bach Consort  and The National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra in performances on period instruments. During the summer of 2008 she was part of a quartet under the auspices of the National Gallery of Art performing at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival near Naples, Italy. She has also performed in a series of concerts with ArcoVoce, an ensemble whose members all perform on period and modern instruments and was the continuo cellist for the Washington Bach Consort’s Noon-Time Cantata performances at Church of the Epiphany in Washington, DC (2007-2012).

She has a long-standing commitment to chamber music. Chamber studies at the Meadowmount School of Music with Josef Gingold (1969-70), and subsequently at the University of Maine at Orono with Artur Balsam and Josef Fuchs (1972) augmented her collegiate studies. Following graduation, she was a founding member of the Richmond (VA) Chamber Players (1974-77) and of the Bainbridge String Trio (1977-82) with extensive performances by both groups through Richmond, VA and Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE, respectively. At present she is the cellist of the National Philharmonic Piano Trio (2000-present) which presents a diverse repertoire from all centuries. She appears regularly in chamber performances in the mid-Atlantic area and has been the coordinator for chamber performances under the auspices of the National Philharmonic since 1999.

Professor Barnet has been on the faculty of the George Washington University since 1991 where she teaches cello, coaches chamber ensembles and has appeared on numerous faculty and student concerts, including three solo recitals. She now holds the position of Professorial Lecturer in Music and is Coordinator for String Studies. Outside the University, she served as cello section coach for the Montgomery Classic Youth Orchestras (MD) from 1996-2007, working with young players of all ages. She teaches cello and coaches chamber music at the Summer Institutes for High School and Middle School String Players sponsored by the National Philharmonic (1999-present).


Bachelor of Arts, Bennington College, 1973