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BM, Eastman School of Music, Cello Performance, 2020
MM, New England Conservatory, Cello Performance, 2022
-Glenn L. and Frances Harris Prize for outstanding work and accomplishment during undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music
-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 passionate classical cellist and teacher who just graduated from the Eastman School of Music with my Bachelors in Cello Performance, where I studied with David Ying. Next fall, I will begin graduate studies at the New England Conservatory in the studio of Paul Katz. 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, inspiring and engaging lessons to students, because I believe music education should be accessible to everyone. 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, Antonio Meneses, 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 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 with the Suzuki repertoire. 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.
I've had the pleasure of knowing Isaac through being classmates at Eastman together. Over the four years I attended Eastman, I've had the privilege of hearing Isaac's superb performances in recitals, and collaborating with him as a chamber musician. Isaac is not only a highly skilled musician, but sharply minded as a colleague, full of profound insight and eager to always understand new musical ideas. Anyone who chooses to study with Isaac will learn and gain so much as a musician.
I've worked with Isaac many times. He was always very professional and well prepared!
Isaac is a wonderful cellist and musician, extremely hard worker and a trustworthy, kind person. Just the qualities you'd want in a teacher, and ones that you want a student to emulate. Any student who turns out like Isaac is very fortunate!
Isaac was very patient with me, as I am new to the cello and have no prior experience with the cello. I'm past the age where picking up a musical instrument would be easier, so when he was able to tailor his teaching to suit my needs, I became very excited every week to learn more. Thank you Isaac!
Isaac has a deep love and passion for classical music - both as a performer and as a teacher. As a teacher, Isaac will invest and customize lessons specific to each student and their individual needs. He also has a natural gift to bring creative explanations to the table when teaching various concepts. As a performer, he is an intense musician who brings a beautiful, deep and gentle spirit with that intensity.
I loved my lessons with Isaac! He is an intelligent and sensitive musician, and I came out of every lesson a better cellist. I would highly recommend anyone who is looking for a cello teacher to consider Isaac.
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