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Cello Festival

ASCENT INTERNATIONAL CELLO FESTIVAL

Ascent International Cello Festival is an opportunity for outstanding cellists age 14-30 to study and perform in an intensive setting. Ascent goes beyond the practice room to develop the musician as a whole. The festival takes place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

PROGRAM DETAILS

June 9- June 15, 2024

University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music

Cincinnati, OH

Participants Receive:

  • 90 minutes of private lessons
  • Technique Classes
  • 4 hours of scheduled solo practice time each day
  • Master Class opportunities
  • Solo performances
  • Cello Choir performances
  • Outreach Performances
  • Orchestral Excerpt Training
  • Collaborative Pianists for lessons and performances

Sample Daily Schedule:

  • 8am-12pm– Practicing/private lessons
  • 1-3:30pm– Cello Choir, Tech Classes
  • 4-5:30pm– Master classes and other workshops
  • 7:30pm– Concerts

Tuition and Housing:

Ascent Music is committed to providing the opportunity for all admitted students to attend the festival, regardless of background or financial need. Awards are determined on the combined basis of need and merit. Admitted applicants will receive scholarship details shortly after their acceptance email. Resident Assistant positions are available, further information requested upon completion of application.

Application and Audition:

  • Applications open in GetAcceptd on December 1st
  • Priority deadline: February 1st (passed)
  • Applications are still open and will remain open until all spots are filled
  • Admissions decisions for priority applicants will be sent by March 1st
  • Two contrasting works of the applicants choice.
  • Contact admissions@ascentmusic.org with any questions!

 

 

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Cello Festival Faculty

Richard Aaron

Cello Festival

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

Cello Festival

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

Cello Festival

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

Cello Festival

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

Cello Festival

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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Alan Rafferty

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Alan Rafferty has firmly established himself as a preeminent cellist, educator, arts leader and entrepreneur.

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Astrid Schween

Cello Festival

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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