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CURRENT STUDENT BM, Eastman School of Music, Cello Performance, 2020
Principal Cellist of Eastman School Symphony Orchestra Recipient of a 1909 German Cello from the Carlsen Cello Foundation Studied under Principal Cellist of Seattle Symphony Principal Cellist at Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artist Orchestra 2015 in Lenox, MA September 2015-June 2016- Principal Cellist of Academy Chamber Orchestra September 2014-June 2016- Principal Cellist of Evergreen Philharmonic
I am a very experienced classical cellist currently studying cello performance at Eastman, and I've been there for about 2 years now. 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 go to Eastman in Rochester, NY, but am home for the summer to work and teach.
As a cellist, I've been lucky enough to be apart of masterclasses with some very incredible cellists, including Paul Katz, David Geber, Julia Lichten and Norman Fischer. I've been principal cellist of the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, and was very lucky to have been a part of Boston University Tanglewood Institute's Young Artists Orchestra in 2015, where I also served as one of the principal cellists. I've studied cello privately for 9 years with teachers including Ching-Jung Lee, Efe Baltacigil, and am currently studying with David Ying at the Eastman School of Music. I've been Principal Cellist for multiple orchestras, including Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, Academy Chamber Orchestra, Evergreen Philharmonic, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute's Young Artist Orchestra 2015.
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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