Isaiah Pennington

Isaiah P.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Isaiah is a passionate instructor and brings his love of the cello and performance to students of all ages and backgrounds. Ensuring that each of his students receives a highly individualized learning experience, Isaiah spends a great deal of time creating unique plans of study for each pupil. He strives to make lessons engaging, fast-paced, and exciting. Isaiah has worked for several non-profit arts organizations, youth orchestras, and school systems teaching the cello, all the while maintaining a sizable private cello studio. He has taken advanced coursework in music pedagogy, teaching artistry, and Alexander Technique, incorporating modern techniques as well as practices from the rich history of cello tutelage into his teaching methods. Signing up for private lessons is both an investment and a commitment. Isaiah works hard to make this investment as worthwhile, exciting, convenient, and affordable as possible.

About Isaiah P.

I knew from the time I was very young that I had to be a musician. It still amazes me how young children often are when they know that music is what they want do with their lives. Teaching the cello is so exciting for me because whether or not someone chooses to be a professional musician, I know the kind of companionship that a love of music and cello can provide. Encouraging this love of music is both my goal and my passion. Beginning music lessons at the age of five, music and the cello have been my lifelong companions, opening doors for me to travel across the world for tours, residencies, and festivals. Recent tours have seen me performing for a month in South Africa as well as a month-long stay in southern Vermont and tour of the South East. I perform in New York's major venues, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Dimenna Center, and many others. I have had the privilege of learning from some of the foremost classical musicians today, including work with leading soloists, quartets, and principals of major orchestras through the course of my studies at the Meadows School of the Arts (Bachelor of Music) and Mannes School of Music (Masters of Music).

In the little time when I am not playing or teaching the cello, I enjoy fly fishing, amateur astronomy, backpacking, and general enjoyment of the natural world. I am a curious-spirited person and bring my inquisitive nature to my musical pursuits and and teaching.


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Isaiah is a wonderful cellist and teacher. He is kind, patient and knows how to get great progress while always keeping it fun. He is an exceptional musician bringing his years of experience and love of music to every lesson. He is passionate about each and every one of his students, and I could not more highly recommend him!

Posted Mar 4, 2020

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Jan 2019 - Present


My piano-cello duo that has appeared in many of New York's top venues as well as international competitions and masterclasses for world-renowned artists

Sep 2018 - Present

Montclair Orchestra

One of New York Metro Area's leading ensembles comprised of members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and NY Phil.

Principal Cellist
Aug 2018 - Present

Mannes Orchestra

Aug 2014 - Present

Mannes Piano Trio

Principal Cellist
Aug 2014 - May 2018

Meadows Symphony Orchestra


Master of Music
Aug 2018 - Present

Mannes School of Music

Bachelor of Music
Aug 2014 - May 2018

Meadows School of the Arts at SMU



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Pi Kappa Lambda
May 2018
An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

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