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Cello Chat with Host Dr. Benjamin Whitcomb interviewing Hannah Wolkstein

About the Episode 

On this episode of Cello Chat, my special guest is Hannah Wolkstein, view her work at:

Meet the Guest

Hannah received her bachelor's degree in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied with Uri Vardi and Parry Karp, and received scholarship awards for both Cello Performance and Music Education. For two years Hannah lived in Atlanta, Georgia for a special apprenticeship studying with Wolfgang Laufer, previous cellist of the Fine Arts Quartet. She also studied at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada for one year with Bryan Epperson, former principal cellist of the Canadian Opera Company. Prior to Atlanta and Toronto, her cello teachers included Karl Lavine and Warren Downs. Hannah has participated in many music festivals including the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, France, the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles, the Quartet Program and the Colorado College Music Festival. She was a member of the New World Symphony at Interlochen Arts Camp, where she performed with artists including Itzhak Perlman. She was a winner of the Ruth Kern concerto competition in Atlanta, Georgia where she performed with the Atlanta Community Orchestra as a soloist on two occasions. Hannah was the cello sectional coach for 10 years with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) and performed with them as a soloist. She has had students who have successfully auditioned to be members of WYSO, as well as students who have won and received honorable mention in local concerto competitions. Her students have attended music camps including Interlochen, Birch Creek and Blue Lake. Former students have also continued to play in local orchestras and study music on scholarships at various universities in the United States. Hannah has studied the Suzuki method at the Chicago Suzuki Institute and enjoys a private studio of cello students of all ages. She has been a cello instructor for Camp Begin and the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic. Hannah currently performs both as a soloist and ensemble player for various events throughout Wisconsin. She is also a founding member of the Avanti Piano Trio.

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