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Name Years Studied from Current Primary Activity(ies) Education Degree
Sigurgeir Agnarsson 1995 – 1999 Principal Cellist, Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Founding member Harpa International Music Academy. Artistic Director Reykholt Chamber Music Festival. NEC BM, MM
Chisho Akitsu 1980 – 1982
Laura Allred 1999 – 2001
Leonardo Altino 1989 – 1993 Soloist, teacher NEC BM
Dwight Anderson 1976 – 1981 Middle School Orchestra Director: Franklin Middle School, Dallas, Texas. Principal Cello, Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. NEC BM
Joseph Auer 1997 – 1999
Alejandro Bacelar 1970 – 1972 Cellist and violin maker, dealer, and restorer Peabody MM
Charae Baerg Krueger 1987 – 1992 Principal cellist with Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet Orchestras, Lecturer and Artist in Residence at Kennesaw State University, chamber musician and recitalist. NEC BM
Suren Bagratuni 1991 – 1993 Professor of cello at Michigan State University; Concert cellist; Recording artist; Founding member - NOBILIS trio NEC AD
Kathleen Balfe 1996 – 1999 One of two principal cellists of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, and cellist with the contemporary music group Ensemble Neoars NEC BM
Melissa Barnard 1990 – 1992 Australian Chamber Orchestra. Solo, and Chamber Music NEC GD
Pamela Barr 1974 – 1976
Anne Bennett 1994 – 1997
Kate Bennett Wadsworth 2002 – 2004 Freelance cellist and gambist dedicated to historical performance of all periods, with a special research interest in 19th-century performance practice. Currently working on a historically informed edition of the Schumann Cello Concerto for Bärenreiter, and running a Facebook blog called The Brahms Lab. NEC MM
Laura Blustein 1974 – 1978 Chair, String and Chamber Music NEC Preparatory Division . Cello Faculty NEC Prep Large private cello studio NEC BM
Abraham Bonnell 1981 – 1985
Carter Brey 1972 – 1974 Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic since 1992, faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music since 2008 Peabody BM
Melissa Brooks 1988 – 1992 Associate Principal Cello of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra NEC BM
Benjamin Capps 2012 – 2014
Orna Carmel 1989 – 1990
Phoebe Carrai 1975 – 1979 Faculty Juilliard School, Director Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra , concerts, workshops worldwide NEC BM, MM
Ronald Chambers 1979 – 1983
Li Ke Chang 1979 – 1983 Montreal Symphony cellist - retired
Ellen Chen 1995 – 1997 Tutti player of Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan NEC MM
Audrey Chen 2014 – 2019 Student at NEC; Mr. Lesser's Website Assistant; Ravos Quartet NEC/Harvard MM/BA
Dorothea Chen-Zion 1991 – 1992
Eunghee Cho 2016 – Doctor of Musical Arts Student/New England Conservatory of Music NEC DMA
Stella Cho 2014 – 2016 DMA student at USC Thornton School of Music, SAKURA Cello Quintet NEC GD
Young Chang Cho 1971 – 1980 Professor at Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen Germany also at Yon-Sei University in Seoul Korea. NEC, Peabody AD
Brannon Cho 2017 – 2019 Artist Diploma cellist at NEC 2017-2019 NEC AD
Hye Yoon Choi 2006 – 2010 NEC BM, MM
Sungwon Choi 1994 – 1995
Genevieve Chow 2003 – 2004
Holly Chung 1980 – 1982
Seungwon Chung 2011 – 2013 Seoul Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra member, TIMF Ensemble guest member NEC MM, DMA
Mark Churchill 1973 – 1975 Dean Emeritus of Preparatory and Continuing Education, NEC; Music Director, Symphony Pro Musica; Cello Instructor, NEC Preparatory School; Senior Advisor, Boston Philharmonic and Youth Orchestra; Founder and board member, Elsistema USA; Vice-President and Founder, Orchestra of the Americas; NEC BM, MM, DMA
Jamie Clark 2014 – 2018 Assistant Professor of Cello at Stetson University, Coordinator of Chamber Music at Stetson University, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Flatirons Chamber Music Festival, and CelloChat Coordinator/BlogMaster for NEC BM, MM, DMA
Bruce Coppock 1974 – 1976 Retired from Orchestra management; maintain active national artistic leadership and management consulting practice. Cello and chamber music faculty, Longy School of Music at Bard College. Active as cellist, cello teacher and chamber music coach in the Boston area. NEC BM, MM
Christopher Costanza 1986 – 1989 cellist, St. Lawrence String Quartet; Artist in Residence, Stanford University NEC BM, AD
Alex Cox 2016 – 2017
Jennifer Susan Culp 1981 – 1983
Michael Czitrom 1977 – 1980 Software consultant at mPulse Mobile and Aquatic Informatics; freelance cellist in Boston area NEC MM
Dorien De León 1975 – 1977 In my 30th year of passing along Larry's wisdom to budding cellists (private studio). NEC BM
Blaise Dejardin 2005 – 2008 Principal Cello, Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2018. NEC MM, GD
Jennifer Devore 1994 – 1996
Denise Djokic 1998 – 2002 Freelancer, Teaching a small private studio NEC
Song-le Do 2007 – 2009
Jonathan Dormand 2010 – 2012 Cellist of Verona Quartet, Faculty at Indiana University Summer String Academy, Guest principal cello of Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC NOW, Philharmonia Orchestra. NEC MM
Yoni Draiblate 2009 – 2011 Playing cello for my 9 month-old son (He likes Duport etudes), Co-artistic director of "Music transforms" - a benefit concert series in Philadelphia. Currently teaching privately, performing, freelancing. I'm still trying to play more in tune every time I pick up the cello.....Also, thanks to Mr. Lesser, I now have to remind to my students and my fellow musicians that Adagio doesn't mean slow :-) NEC MM
Melanie Dyball 1992 – 1999