Ignacio Cuello

Ignacio C.

Santa Monica, CA
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Ages 5+ and special needs

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The Spanish violist, Dr. Ignacio Cuello, has developed an international career as a viola performer and teacher, in Europe, United States, China, and Russia.

His collaborations include faculty chamber music recitals with members of the Music Academy of the West, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland String Quartet, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and West Virginia, Penn State, and Columbus State universities. Also, as an avid performer of new music, Ignacio has performed over-the-edge chamber music compositions such as Marcus Balter’s, Codex Seraphinianus, and premiered pieces such as Mechanics for two violas, by Sixto Franco Chordá, and Dark Bagatelles, op.23 for viola and piano, by Ximo Tarin Micó.

As an orchestral violist, some of his highlights include performances as principal violist with the Music Academy of the West Symphony Orchestra, the Lancaster Symphony, the Endless Mountain Music Festival, the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra, the Inter-Regional Orchestra, the Catalonia College of Music Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra. As a section violist, he has collaborated with ensembles such as West Virginia Symphony, River Cities Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, the Young Orchestra of France, and Spain, and the European Student Chamber Orchestra.

Besides his performance career, he currently holds a position of Manager, Librarian, and String Coach at the Pacific Academy Foundation Orchestra, in Irvine, and string faculty at 88 Keys Music Academy, in Arcadia. Dr. Cuello has lead masterclasses at the Monzón Conservatory of Music (Spain), the Pittsburgh Music Academy, and West Virginia University. During his doctoral studies, he held the Graduate Teaching Assitant position of Andrea Priester Houde at West Virginia University, and joined the faculty at the Viola Bootcamp at WVU, the Endless Mountain Music Festival, Inland Empire Musical Arts, Budda's Light Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Pacific Academy Foundation Orchestra, among others. He has lead viola sectionals for All-State Orchestra in Wheeling Park High School, West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra, and for the Budda's Light Youth Symphony Orchestra Winter Camp.

Ignacio holds a DMA degree in viola performance from West Virginia University, a Master's degree in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Jeffrey Irvine, a Graduate Certificate in viola performance from the University of Southern California, as a student of Donald McInnes, and a Diploma and Undergraduate degrees in viola performance from the Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC), as a student of Ashan Pillai and Enrique Santiago.

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Manager, Librarian and String Coach
Jan 2019 - Present
Pacific Academy Foundation Orchestra

Viola Faculty
Jul 2016 - Present
Endless Mountain Music Festival

Individual Lessons to Viola Interns

String Orchestra Conductor
Sep 2018 - Dec 2018
Inland Empire Musical Arts

Includes conducting string chamber orchestras (Grades 4 +), and private instructor. Riverside, California.

Viola Teaching Assistant
Sep 2015 - Sep 2018
West Virginia University Viola Day

Coordinating and Performing with the Viola Ensemble formed by students of all ages and levels
Performances with Timothy Deighton, Katrin Meidell and Andrea Houde
Contacting Vendors for the event

Private Viola and Violin Instructor
Aug 2015 - Aug 2018

Individual Lessons to Viola and Violin Students: Middle School, High School, and Seniors

Viola Faculty
Jun 2015 - Jun 2018
West Virginia University, Viola Bootcamp

Masterclasses to Viola Students
Lectures and leading discussions on Viola Related Topics
Coordinating Yearly Viola Ensemble
Individual Lessons to High School, Undergraduate and Master Students in Viola Performance, and Senior Viola Students, 60 hours+

Viola Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2015 - May 2018
West Virginia University

Instructor for Aural Music Theory class. Three weekly meetings
Assistant for String pedagogy class for Music Education students. Four weekly meetings
Instructor for Viola Minors, 6 Students. Weekly individual lessons
Instructor for Technique / Run-Through Class for WVU viola students. Weekly classes
Individual lessons for Undergraduate students: Viola Performance, Music Education, Double Majors, and Interdisciplinary Studies. 30 hours+
Chamber Music Coaching to String Trios, Quartets, and Piano Quintets. 10 hours+
Leading Studio Classes for the WVU Viola Class
Leading Orchestra Sectionals for West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra
Other duties: Developing the image of the WVU Viola Studio through announcements of viola related events in PowerPoint, Microsoft Word and Excel Documents, Social Media, and Posters
Midas String Quartet
- Talk and Performance for WVU Music Convocation Class
- Talk and Performance for WVU Psychology Class
- Masterclass and Performance for Pittsburgh Music Academy (High and Middle School)
- Coaching and Performance for North Hills Junior and Senior High School

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Doctor of Musical Arts in Viola Performance
Aug 2015 - Dec 2018
West Virginia University
Master of Music in Viola Performance
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Cleveland Institute of Music
Graduate Certificate in Viola Performance
Aug 2011 - May 2013
University of Southern California
Performance Diploma
Aug 2010 - Jun 2011
Catalonia College of Music
Undergraduate Studies in Viola Performance
Sep 2006 - Jun 2010
Catalonia College of Music


Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Viola Society
Jul 2018

The American Viola Society is a nonprofit organization of viola enthusiasts, including students, performers, teachers, scholars, composers, makers, and friends, who seek to encourage excellence in performance, pedagogy, research, composition, and lutherie. United in our commitment to promote the viola and its related activities, the AVS fosters communication and friendship among violists of all skill levels, ages, nationalities, and backgrounds.

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Photos & Videos

Kenji Bunch - Until Next Time
Sonata no. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120, for Viola and Piano, J. Brahms
Ignacio Cuello, viola; Kailang Zhan, piano
Photo Credit: Eftihia Victoria Arkoudis
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