Cello

Felix Wang

In addition to being the cellist of the Blair String Quartet, Felix Wang is a founding member of the Blakemore Trio and co-principal cellist of the IRIS Orchestra under the direction of Michael Stern. He has performed throughout the United States and Canada as a chamber musician, soloist, and in recital, receiving critical acclaim for, “beautifully wrought,” “dazzling,” and “soulful” performances. Mr. Wang is Professor of Cello at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

 

Stefan Kartman

Stefan Kartman represents the rich tradition of pedagogy and performance passed on to him by his distinguished teachers who embodied the rare designation of Artist/Teacher. Dr. Kartman currently serves as Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he teaches cello and chairs the string area.

Sarah Kim

Cellist Sarah Kim leads a vibrant and diverse career as performer, educator, and arts administrator. She is an acclaimed instructor who was named 2016 Ohio String Teachers Association Studio Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Kim serves on the faculty of the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.  She also serves as Executive Director of the Cincinnati Young Artists, a nationally recognized program presenting advanced chamber music and cello workshops for pre-college and college students throughout the year at CCM.

Alan Rafferty

Following his appointment to the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra cellist Alan Rafferty continues to gain recognition as a passionate and dedicated teacher.

Gregory Sauer

A committed teacher and mentor, Gregory Sauer is associate professor of music at Florida State University in 2006. He taught eleven years at the University of Oklahoma, and was named Presidential Professor in 2005. Sauer holds the positions of principal cello of the Tallahassee Symphony and assistant principal of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. He served nine seasons as principal cellist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Brooks Whitehouse

Brooks Whitehouse has performed and taught chamber music throughout the US and abroad, holding Artists-in-Residence positions at SUNY Stony Brook, the Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY, the University of Virginia, as a member of The Guild Trio, and The Tanglewood Music Center.

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Alison Wells

British cellist Alison Wells is on the cello and faculty of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She was a founding member of the British-based Pirasti Trio, whose performances have been described as "absolutely incandescent" (The Strad) and "eloquent, unfailingly stylish" (Gramophone).

Rhonda Rider

Cellist Rhonda Rider is a member of the acclaimed trio Triple Helix, and for twenty-two years was a member of the Naumburg Award-winning Lydian Quartet. She has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America and adjudicated at Fischoff, Stulberg and Concert Artists Guild Competitions. Rider is Chair of Strings at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

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