A native of Long Island, Paloma Ferrante began her musical studies at the young age of four but did not begin studying the cello until age seven, after briefly studying violin.
Beginning in high school, Ms.Ferrante attended Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division and performed as principal cello of the New York Youth Symphony with performances at Carnegie Hall. During this time she had the privilege of working with members of the Emerson and Orion String Quartets, violinist Maxim Vengerov, and was exposed to master classes with musicians from a variety of genres, from Mandy Patinkin to Kurt Masur.
Performing across the United States and Europe in solo, chamber and orchestral music settings, Ms.Ferrante has appeared in renowned music festivals, such as the Piatigorsky Seminar at USC, Masters in Pontlevoy, Domaine Forget as well as others, and in masterclass with Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, Natalia Gutman, Gary Hoffman, Steven Isserlis, Phillipe Müller and Nathaniel Rosen. She has played with the Chamber Orchestra of New York since 2018.
Ms.Ferrante received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cello performance from the Royal College of Music (London), where she studied with Leonid Gorokhov. During her time at the RCM, she played in master classes for cellists Natalie Clein and Jérôme Pernoo, and members of the Chilingirian Quartet. She earned her doctorate in musical arts degree in cello performance as a full scholarship teaching assistant from Michigan State University, at which she studied with Suren Bagratuni.