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Leo Altino

Born to musician parents in Pernambuco, Brazilian cellist Leonardo Altino began his musical studies at the age of five and gave his first performance at age eight. At eleven he gave his first performance with orchestra performing the Saint-Saens Concerto No. 1. His national breakthrough came at fourteen when Leonardo was the youngest winner at…

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Simona Barbu

An astounding international cellist and educator, Simona Barbu has traveled to Europe, Asia, and the United States as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician, and most recently she held residencies at conservatories and universities in China (Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Wenzhou and Hong Kong), in Hungary (Budapest and Kecskemet) and Romania (Timisoara and Cluj). She has…

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Ronald Gardiner

SISP Faculty – Cello; Ronald Gardiner is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Southeastern University. Mr. Gardiner teaches cello, aural theory, chamber music, and conducts the chamber orchestra at Southeastern University where he is also a member of Spiritus, the faculty piano trio. Homegrown in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Mr. Gardiner is a graduate of…

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Alan Harrell

A distinguished member of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1995, David Alan Harrell enjoys a multifaceted career as both a performer and educator and has been hailed by critics as a cellist with “plenty of technique and interpretive panache.” Prior to his appointment with The Cleveland Orchestra, Mr. Harrell was a member of the Virginia Symphony,…

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