Featuring as a prominent part of any orchestra or string ensemble, the cello offers students an opportunity to expand their experiences of western classical and popular music. Private lessons offer students the opportunity to learn from experienced and professional instructors and are available for students starting at age 4. Each student is paired with an instructor specialized in teaching students of their age and level of ability ensuring the best possible learning environment. Whether students take up the cello as a means of expanding their horizons or in order to pursue a professional career, the Conservatory has a place for everyone!
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Michael van der Sloot is a young Canadian musician with a versatile range of skills and interests. As a cellist, Mr. van der Sloot has performed with iconic figures such as Anton Kuerti, Andres and Roberto Diaz, Raphael Wallfisch, and eighth blackbird. He was a founding member of the Mahewa String Quartet, grand prize winners in the chamber music category of the 2008 Canadian Music Competition. As soloist, he has performed with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Calgary Youth Orchestra, with whom he premiered his own Cello Concerto in C in April 2013. Mr. van der Sloot is a passionate advocate of new music, frequently performing and premiering new works and often collaborating directly with composers.
Also busy as a composer, recent commissions for Mr. van der Sloot include works for the Escher String Quartet, Irving Symphony Orchestra, violist Nadia Sirota, and the Northwestern University Cello Ensemble. Mr. van der Sloot's music has been praised for its innovative range of textures and colours, especially his works for string instruments. He is an associate composer with the Canadian Music Centre and a member of SOCAN.
In addition to pursuits as a cellist and composer, Mr. van der Sloot is a dedicated teacher. As an educator, he aims not only to train skilled performers but more importantly to foster deeper appreciation and passion for music at any age or level. He is an annual member of the cello and chamber music faculty at the Valhalla Summer School of Music in interior British Columbia in addition to his private teaching.
Mr. van der Sloot has participated in prestigious summer festivals including those at the Banff Centre and National Arts Centre and studied at Southern Methodist University (B.M. '13; M.M. '17), and Northwestern University (M.M. '15) after receiving his pre-collegiate training through the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary. These studies have been funded in part by three generous grants from the Alberta Foundation of the Arts as well as the Alberta Arts Graduate Scholarship. His primary teachers include cellists John Kadz, Andres Diaz, and Hans Jorgen Jensen.
Aside from his more conventional interests, Mr. van der Sloot enjoys utilizing his musical skillset outside of the concert music world. He is a prolific arranger and improviser and has collaborated in multiple capacities with choreographers, authors, playwrights, and filmmakers.
Cellist Beth Root Sandvoss has a notably varied career as a recitalist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Beth's early professional activities took her to Hong Kong, where she became a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Victoria String Quartet, performing throughout Asia. After completing undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison with cellist Parry Karp, Beth finished graduate work at the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as further studies in San Francisco. Beth settled in Calgary, Alberta where she enjoys an active performance career in Canada and abroad. Beth has recorded six commercial CDs and has premiered more than 50 new works for solo cello, cello/piano and chamber ensemble.
Beth has an intense interest in new music and is a founding member of the acclaimed Land's End Ensemble, whose most recent Centrediscs release, Gravity and Grace, won a Juno Award and a Western Canadian Music Award in the category of Classical Composition of the year (2014) for the work Field Notes by Allan Gordon Bell. In addition to her Land's End Ensemble activities, Beth is a member of the UCalgary String Quartet in residence at the University of Calgary. Nominated as Instrumental Group of the Year, the UCalgary String Quartet has completed live recordings of all the Beethoven String Quartets as well as the CD Far Behind I left My Country which features Klezmer and East European Folk Music.
Along with her performance career, Beth is a very dedicated pedagogue. As a sought after clinician she has worked with both teachers and students on her methods. Her pupils have won numerous competitions in Canada and are regularly invited to summer festivals around the world. Beth's students have continued on as scholarship students to major universities and conservatories such as New England Conservatory, Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard School. She is a faculty member at Mount Royal University as well as the University of Calgary and spends her summers teaching and performing at music festivals throughout Canada and the United States. Beth has the great pleasure and privilege to perform on an award - winning cello made by her husband, Luthier, Christopher Sandvoss.
"The performance brought out its depth of passion....Beth Root Sandvoss has a beautiful sound, coupled with an excellent sense of harmony-" Gordon Rumson, Music and Vision.
Private Lesson Rate: $100.00 per hour.
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