Richard Evans, Cello Instructor
Richard Evans is an avid cellist and fully registered Suzuki cello teacher. He has nearly two decades of experience teaching at all levels, and holds the rare combination of skills, experience, and personality that can take 4 year old beginners through college and professional levels as well as working with adult beginners and seasoned amateurs. His students have won the Northern Illinois Chandler-Starr competition, received top rankings at state solo and ensemble competitions, and have gone on to follow a diverse range of career paths in the fields of music, science, medicine, law, finance, and education.
Richard’s advanced training was through the lineage of the great performers and pedagogues Leonard Rose, Pablo Casals, and Gregor Piatigorsky. He earned his Master’s degree in cello performance from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in Seattle where his primary teachers were Andres Diaz, Leslie Parnas, Rhonda Rider, Michael Reynolds, Rajan Krishnaswami, and Raymond Davis. Richard regularly performs with orchestras such as the Rockford Symphony, Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic, and with the Jane Addams Piano Trio. He has also taught on the faculty of the Music Academy in Rockford since 2007.