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Cellist, conductor and educator, Brian Thornton has performed in hundreds of venues from the White House in Washington, D.C., to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. As a soloist he has performed over 100 new works for solo cello and is a champion of modern composers. 

He has touched the lives of thousands of children through his musical outreach programs in Head Start schools. He is the founder of the Lev Aronson Legacy Festival at Smu in Dallas, 

Texas, where Mr. Aronson taught for many years, an ongoing yearly festival that is dedicated to Mr. Aronson's teaching and philosophy of cello playing. Mr. Thornton teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Music and performs with the Cleveland Orchestra. His solo CD: Kol Nidrei and Beyond, Lev's Story, is centered on the vocal qualities of the cello, and is dedicated to the memory of his teacher, Lev Aronson.