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Lesley R.

(800) 417-4620

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Instruments: Cello

About Me:
My approach is to enhance the student's enjoyment of playing the cello by giving a solid foundation of technique, without making the experience too square. It is helpful if the student knows what they want out of lessons, as well. Adults usually have a good idea, and are realistic.


To inquire about lessons with Lesley, please fill out the Inquiry Form on this page, or call us at (800) 417-4620.


  • Subbing in Broadway shows (on cello and viola da gamba) [1983 - Present]
  • Perform with The New York Consort of Viols [1984 - Present]
  • Principal Cello of the Montclair Chamber Ensemble (NJ) [2005 - Present]
  • General freelance work on cello, viola da gamba, and Medieval Instruments in the Metyropolitan Tri-State Area [1980 - Present]
  • Medieval Festival (annually) at Ft. Tryon Park, NYC [1986 - Present]


  • Graduated, MM (Master of Music in Cello Performance), University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa [1974]
  • Graduated, MFA (Master of Fine Arts in Early Music Performance Practice), Sarah Lawrence College [1980]

Studied With:

  • Valentin Hirsu, New York Philharmonic [1985 - 1990]

Seminars and Workshops Attended:

  • Aston Magna, Bard College at Simon's Rock, MA [1984]
  • Aston Magna, Bard College at Simon's Rock, MA [1985]
  • Viola da Gamba Seminar, Cornell University [1985]
  • AIMS Institute in Graz, Austria, AIMS Institute [1976]


  • New York Ensemble for Early Music - "The Plays of St. Nicholas" [1983]
  • New York Renaissance Band - "Washerwomen, War and Pease" [1984]
  • New York Consort of Viiols - "Music of John Jenkins" [1984]


  • String Quartet Scholarship, SLC [1977 - 1978]
  • Fellowship [1973 - 1974]

Student Reviews for Lesley

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5 out of 5 A Wonderful Cello Teacher - February 11, 2010

By MCW - New York, NY, Cello Lessons

As an adult, but also as a new student of the cello, I have most enjoyed my lessons with Lesley. Not only is she an inspired musician, she is an inspiring teacher. She is both exacting and encouraging. The lessons are challenging, but also fluid, allowing time and development of exercises to address one's own particular "issues". This dynamic allows the lesson to be extremely tailored to one's own particular challenges and efforts to play better. She also conveys extremely interesting and helpful information about the cello, its history, how it is made and what contributes to the beauty of the sound...and even how best to carry and care for the instrument. And, she is extremely personable, and, more specifically, her love for the music shines brightly. If you really want to learn how to play, and have fun doing so, your should contact Lesley. I strongly recommend her!

5 out of 5 Cello's heaven. - February 8, 2010

By Lu - NYC, Cello Lessons

I had been looking for a challenge in my life; and I found it in learning to play the Cello.... Thanks to Lesley's orientation, and patience I love every class. It has been a wonderful experience that I could not have achieved without Lesley's remarkable guidance.

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