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Isaac B.
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
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I just received my Bachelors in Cello Performance from the Eastman School of Music, and will be pursuing my Masters at the New England Conservatory in the fall. I've been playing cello for over 10 years and have been doing student teaching for about 5 years. I focus on building up great technique in my students, but more importantly, I want to help my students feel more connected to the music they play, and ultimately use their technique to express themselves. The best teachers, for me, don't just teach you how to play the notes, but also how to find your own meaning in the music that you play- no matter the difficulty level of the piece you're playing! I use the Suzuki method for most beginner/intermediate students, but I'm also sensitive to what the student wants. I'm a firm believer that the student should always enjoy what they are practicing! I want to build up healthy, solid technique in my students, but I encourage my students to find pieces they themselves are interested in! Practicing and learning the cello takes dedication- but it is a deeply gratifying commitment.
About Isaac B.

Hello, my name is Isaac! I am a first-year Master's student at the New England Conservatory and I am based in the Boston area. I have been playing the cello for over 11 years and just graduated from the Eastman School of Music with my Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance. My aim is to provide valuable, affordable lessons and teach my students everything they need to know in order to improve their musicianship. Students can expect to improve their technique every single week, but there's something that's even more important to me as a teacher. I want my students to feel more connected to the music they play, and feel that they are using their technique in order to express themselves. That's the most gratifying part of music making, for me: finding your own meaning in the music you play. As a cellist, I've been lucky to be able to participate in masterclasses with Yo-Yo Ma, Darrett Adkins, Antonio Meneses, Paul Katz, David Geber, Julia Lichten and Norman Fischer. I've been the principal cellist of the Eastman Philharmonia, and was very lucky to have been a cello fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2019, 2020, and 2021, where I also served as one of the principal cellists. Upon graduating from Eastman, I received the Glenn L. and Frances Harris Prize for excellence in cello performance. I've studied cello privately for over 10 years with teachers including David Ying, Efe Baltacigil and Ching-Jung Lee. Practicing the cello is a commitment, but a deeply gratifying one. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your musical goals!

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Awesome Teacher!!!

Posted Jan 6, 2021
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*Thumbs up :D

Posted Oct 28, 2020
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My son is a beginner in Cello and has been taking class with Isaac for a month or two. It went very well. He likes Isaac and says he is very nice and patient. It's so great to see he is making steady progress. Thank you Isaac!

Posted Oct 20, 2020
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Experience
Master's Student
Aug 2021 - Present
New England Conservatory
Blogmaster
Aug 2020 - Present
CelloBello
I am a Blogmaster for the Cello resource website, CelloBello.org.
2021 Fellow
Jun 2021 - Aug 2021
Tangelwood Music Center
I was re-invited to participate in the Tanglewood Music Center's first in-person program since the pandemic. Notable repertoire performed includes Brahms' Symphony No. 3 (Principal), Sibelius' Symphony No. 3, Dvorak's Symphony No. 7, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 4.
2020 Fellow
Jun 2020 - Aug 2020
Tanglewood Music Center
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Tanglewood did not hold an in-person festival for the first time since its inception. During this time, we participated in online workshops and performed to stay connected during these tough times.
2019 Fellow
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019
Tanglewood Music Center
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be a Cello Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, a full-tuition scholarship program, in 2019. I worked with talented colleagues and the members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra during these summers. I also performed in various chamber music performances. Notable repertoire includes Mahler's Symphony No. 4, Hindemith's Mathis der Maler, Sibelius' The Swan of Tuonela.
Undergraduate Student
Aug 2016 - May 2020
Eastman School of Music- University of Rochester
Rochester, NY
Principal Cellist
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016
Academy Chamber Orchestra
Seattle, WA
Principal Cellist
Jul 2015 - Aug 2015
Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra
Lenox, MA
Principal Cellist
Sep 2014 - Jun 2016
Evergreen Philharmonic
Issaquah, WA
Education
Masters in Cello Performance
Sep 2020
New England Conservatory
Bachelors in Cello Performance
Aug 2016 - May 2020
Eastman School of Music- University of Rochester
Languages
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Awards
Glenn L. and Frances Harris Prize
Apr 2020
Eastman School of Music
1909 Ludwig Heinel Cello
Aug 2015
Carlsen Cello Foundation

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