Bonnie Hampton

Cellist Bonnie Hampton leads an active music life as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher.  A founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Francesco Trio, she has also performed as part of the Hampton-Schwartz Duo with her late husband, pianist Nathan Schwartz.  Her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra was followed by appearances with orchestras nationally performing the entire standard repertoire and many of the 20th century cello concertos.

She has been involved in performances of new music since the beginning of her career.  Her contemporary recordings include CD’s representing American works, often commissioned and premiered by the Trio and Duo.  Ms. Hampton’s chamber music guest appearances have included performances with the Juilliard, Guarneri, Cleveland, Mendelssohn, Alexander, Budapest, and Griller String Quartets, and concert tours have take her to Europe and Asia.  She has performed in many of the major halls in the United States, including Davies Hall and the Opera House in San Francisco, Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, and many chamber music venues throughout the world.

A student of Pablo Casals, she participated for many years in the Casals and Marlboro festivals.  She has performed at many festivals including Chamber Music West, Seattle, Ravinia, Santa Fe, Kneisel Hall, and the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival.  Her early studies were with Margaret Rowell, the Griller String Quartet, and Zara Nelsova.

Her Francesco Trio Residencies have included Grinnell College, Stanford University, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she taught for thirty years.  Ms. Hampton was awarded an “Excellence in Teaching Award” from SFCM as well as the “Eva Janzer Award” from Indiana University.  Ms. Hampton has also taught at Mills College, and the University of California, Berkeley.  She is a past president of Chamber Music America.  In September 2003 she joined the faculty at the Juilliard School.

“…artistic responsibility of a rare inspiring kind.” San Francisco Chronicle

“…a highly expressive cellist.”   New York Times

5 Responses to Bonnie Hampton

  1. tom filcich says:

    …HELLO: I AM WRITING ON BEHALF OF A Student you had , back in 1950’s , (late) Her name then was Dorothy Sayward…….and now at age 70, in Bend Oregon, She will do a “”house -recital with other cellists and the teacher….Deb Johnston….Dorothy has played in the C.O. Symphony here in Bend….
    I as her husband, recalled your name,,,and now am asking you to, am requesting you to sent her an email, the recital is this sunday…eve….
    Her email address is

  2. Jonathan Bennett says:

    How do I contact you in reference to auditioning for grad program? I would like for you to meet me and perhaps hear me if time allows, and speak to you about music. I have been a student of Selma Gokcen, Ken Lurie, and Marcy Rosen among a few others. I started a grad degree, I would be grateful for your time.

  3. Paul Smith says:

    Dear Ms Hampton,
    I’m wondering if you could please take a little time from your busy schedule to point me in the direction of Every Which Way if it is generally available?
    Many thanks

  4. Donald Neville says:

    Hello Bonnie. In the 60″s I was a cello student of Ruth Saphir Hardin. Do you
    know where she is today? When I retired a decade ago, I took up the cello again, and I.’d like to send her a CD of yours truly playing a couple of Bach preludes. I think she’d get a kick knowing I am still playing. And the music is OK too!
    She has been hard to find. She may be living near one of her married daughters. If you know where she is living, or the names of relatives, I would appreciate any help you or your readers could give. Sincerely, Donald Neville

  5. Susan Motheral says:

    Hi Bonnie,
    I was a student at Grinnell when you all were in residence. We are preparing for our 40th reunion in May and putting together some music for that occasion, desiring everything from the Grateful Dead to the Francesco Trio. Our planning group has such fond memories of your music and musicianship. I have been able to find a couple of albums online (one CD, Contemporary Am Trios, vol 2) and a bit from iTunes. I am wondering if you could point me in any other directions to find more classical music for this use. Many thanks, Susan

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