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You’ll notice right away that the cello is much larger than the violin and viola. In fact, it’s so large that you have to sit down to play it! The cello has quite a wide pitch range, from warm, low notes to rich, high notes. The body of the cello sits between your knees, and the neck of the cello goes in front of your left shoulder. Your left hand presses down on the strings to change the pitch, and your right hand moves the bow or plucks the strings. The cello touches the ground, supported by a metal peg called the endpin. The cello has four strings tuned a fifth apart, and from highest to lowest, they are: A, D, G, and C. The string names may be the same as the viola, but they sound one octave lower.


Anthony Ross

Principal Cello, John and Elizabeth Bates Cowles Chair

Silver Ainomäe

Associate Principal Cello, John and Barbara Sibley Boatwright Chair

Beth Rapier


Katja Linfield


Sonia Mantell


Pitnarry Shin


Arek Tesarczyk


Erik Wheeler