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Cello Fest Faculty

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Cello Festival: June 9-15

Alan Rafferty

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Alan Rafferty is rapidly gaining recognition as a preeminent cellist and master teacher.  In demand as a clinician around the world, Mr. Rafferty has presented Master Classes at numerous schools

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Richard Aaron

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Richard L. Aaron presently serves as professor of cello at the University of Michigan, The Juilliard School and The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings. Previously he taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory.

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Anna Clift

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Anna Clift is founder and director of the International Cello Institute, where she collaborates with teachers and students from around the world.

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Nick Curry

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Dr. Nick Curry is the Associate Professor of Cello and Assistant Director of the School of Music at the University of North Florida where he is also serves as the Director of music scholarships.

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Avi Friedlander

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Well known as a rising cello pedagogue, Avi Friedlander teaches a variety of methods from classical to jazz and rock.

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Toke Møldrup

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Acclaimed as “A star” (New York Times), “Tomorrow’s man” and even a “A consummate perfectionist on the cello” (Politiken), Danish cellist Toke Møldrup has performed across Europe and the United States, South America, Australia, the Middle East and Asia for two decades.

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Astrid Schween

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Cellist Astrid Schween has gained a rich following and enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber artist and teacher. Since joining the Juilliard String Quartet in 2016, she has appeared at many of the world’s great concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Vienna Musikverein, Berlin Konzerthaus,

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Melissa Kraut

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Co-head of the cello department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Dr. Melissa Kraut is recognized as one of the leading pedagogues of her generation. Having developed and trained some of the outstanding young musicians of today, Dr. Kraut has demonstrated a unique ability to teach all ages and stages of dedicated students, helping them reach their highest potential both at and away from the cello.

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Sarah Kim

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Dr. Sarah Kim, leads a vibrant and diverse career as performer, educator, and arts administrator. She is an acclaimed instructor who was named the 2016 Ohio String Teachers Association Studio Teacher of the Year and recipient a 2015 Cincinnati Arts Association Overture Educator Award.

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