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Cello Chat with the curators of the Cello Museum

About the Episode 

Kicking off 2023 with a chat with the curators of the Cello   Museum. Brenda Neece and Erica Lessie join me as we talk about music trends,   cello types, the gambit of everything cello. Strap in, this is the longest   episode to date at over an hour long.

Meet the Guest

Based in Durham, NC, Brenda Neece, DPhil (Oxon.), is a cellist,   organologist, writer, and teacher specializing in the history of the cello.   She is the creator and curator of the Cello Museum. Brenda enjoys   experimenting with different cellos. In addition to her modern instrument,   she also plays a little 5-string cello made by John Pringle that she calls   the “Scottish Wildcat,” a 5-string baroque cello, and sometimes travels with   her folding prakticello.

Her area of research specialization is the history of the cello in   Britain. She studied cello with Fred   Raimi at Duke while she did her undergraduate work at UNC-CH. As part of her interdisciplinary major in   music history, art history, and archaeology, she wrote an undergraduate   honors thesis on the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century evolution of the   cello. She earned a master’s in cello   performance at Auburn University, studying with Martha Gerschefski, and then   went on for her musicology doctorate at the University of Oxford (Somerville   College). While in England she   continued her cello studies with William Pleeth. For just over a decade, she   helped establish the Duke University Musical Instrument Collections (DUMIC)   as its first curator.

   She also loves cats, photography, history, and martial arts.

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