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I specialize in baroque music, music written between 1600 and 1750. As a young classical musician, I wanted to share my own playing and turn others on to the music I perform. My goal was not only to connect with other people who love this music, but also reach even more people than those who might attend a classical concert. I love baroque music, and I want it to reach a wide audience!
My YouTube channel is where I post my cello playing, talk about the history behind the pieces I play, and give lessons on playing baroque music. I've even livestreamed a rehearsal or concert direct to YouTube. I started my channel in 2006, and now I've started doing it with serious commitment and consistency, usually posting a new video every other week. I love bringing this rich, evocative, and often under-appreciated repertoire to a worldwide audience! It's my hope that this music becomes as recognized as later symphonic works, and that the most unassuming of viewers feel an emotional connection with music they would have never expected.
I'm a full-time freelance musician. I'm a performing baroque cellist and cello teacher in the Boston area. I specialize in a historically-informed approach to early classical music. After grad school, to fill the time between concerts and lessons, I self-produced two unaccompanied cello albums, BASS SOUNDS, which focus on cello repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries. I also collaborated on an alternative project, OldStyle, where I remixed baroque pieces into electronic dance music with the goal of further expanding the reach of this music. I formed the group Emergence Quartet to explore the earliest pieces written for the string quartet, performed on period instruments. Throughout these endeavors I was filming and documenting for my YouTube channel.