Isaac Berglind
Rochester, NY
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Isaac Berglind

Isaac B.

Rochester, NY
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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.

I have been playing the cello for over 10 years and just graduated from the Eastman School of Music with my Bachelors in Cello Performance. Next fall, I will begin graduate studies at the New England Conservatory. As a student, 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, 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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Bobby
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Not only is Isaac knowledge he has been very helpful with answering questions plus he has connected with and engaged my son (13).

Posted Aug 1, 2020
Pam K.
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Posted Jul 20, 2020
Christopher
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For what a first lesson review is worth Isaac was patient, well spoken, had very clear objectives which played into each other so I never felt like he was doing an info dump on me. I felt heard and supported. Cello is my 14th instrument and 5th one I've done private lessons on (though I have had more than 5 teachers) so my expectations are higher than I think most people's are and I still feel I made the right choice with him. I can't speak for the long term but I really don't foresee my opinion of him changing as we confront bigger challenges. He's earned my confidence and I can't wait for our second lesson.

Posted Jul 15, 2020
Pam
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Isaac is an extremely talented musician and a great cello teacher.
Issac’s lessons are organized and full of information and helpful ways to properly learn to play the cello.
Issac makes learning the cello important and fun!
We highly recommend Isaac.

Posted Jul 8, 2020
Jeff
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A captivating teacher! Makes learning fun and is able to communicate extremely well which makes learning very easy.

Posted May 15, 2018
Xin
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Great instructor. Always made me feel able to express my musical ideas. Has a way with eliciting a positive response from me and I felt that I improved quite a bit as a result of my lessons with him.

Posted May 15, 2018
Ryan
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His lessons are greatly insightful. He always looks back to the music, asking how we can make the music more compelling. He is extremely dedicated during lessons. He is a great player, and has taught me so much from just demonstration.

Posted May 15, 2018
Isaac Li

I attend school with Isaac B. and we have played chamber music together. From the time working with Isaac, he brings such meticulous attention to what is on the music, and provides an elaborate plan to executing these musical decisions. He is very determined to succeed with any tasks that is at hand, and always aims for the best results. He is a very patient and committed worker, and an excellent cellist.

Posted May 15, 2018

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Experience

Student
Aug 2016 - May 2020

Eastman School of Music- University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

Fellow
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

Tanglewood Music Center

Principal Cellist
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016

Academy Chamber Orchestra

Seattle, WA

Principal Cellist
Sep 2014 - Jun 2016

Evergreen Philharmonic

Issaquah, WA

Principal Cellist
Jul 2015 - Aug 2015

Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra

Lenox, MA

Education

Masters in Cello Performance
Apr 2020 - Present

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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