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BM, Eastman School of Music, Cello Performance, 2020
-Performed in masterclasses for Yo-Yo Ma, Darrett Adkins, Norman Fischer, Paul Katz, and David Geber.
-Recipient of a 1909 German Cello from the Carlsen Cello Foundation
-Principal cellist of Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Eastman Philharmonia, and Eastman School Symphony Orchestra
I am a very experienced classical cellist currently studying cello performance at the Eastman School of Music, and I will finish my undergraduate studies this spring. I started playing cello when I was in 6th grade, decided that I wanted to do it for the rest of my life as an 8th grader, and have never looked back since. As a student instructor, I have a passion for providing affordable lessons to students at a reduced rate as I am currently earning my degree. I've been so lucky to study with incredible teachers that not only gave me great lessons, but helped foster a passion for music that has never left me. As a teacher, I am so incredibly excited for the opportunity to pay that experience forward.
As a cellist, I've been lucky enough to be a part of masterclasses with some very incredible cellists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Darrett Adkins, Paul Katz, David Geber, Julia Lichten and Norman Fischer. I've been principal cellist of the Eastman Philharmonia and Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, and was very lucky to have been a cello fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2019, where I also served as one of the principal cellists. I've studied cello privately for over 10 years with teachers including Ching-Jung Lee, Efe Baltacigil, and am currently studying with David Ying at the Eastman School of Music. I am very lucky to have my cello on loan to me from the Carlsen Cello Foundation- a 1909 Ludwig Heinel cello.
For beginner students who are children, I usually start them on the Suzuki method. Once the student has reached a certain level of technical development, I will start them on solo repertoire outside of the Suzuki method. For adults, I focus much more on what the student is interested in, and try to pick out repertoire that suits their needs to make lessons engaging and fun. That being said, I'm a big stickler for fundamentals, and have all of my students practice scales and arpeggios. For children as well, I am always open to music the student is interested in, but I try to stick as close as I can to the fundamentals in the beginning.
I have a very serious focus on the fundamentals, but nothing makes me more happy than to see a student use those fundamentals to express something deep within him or herself. I do as much as I can to get the student as interested as possible in the music they are playing, and help them find their own meaning in the music. That being said, I make sure to have each of my students progress at their own pace. Setting realistic goals each lesson, tailored to the student, allows lessons to be productive and have direction.
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