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Mission, Richmond, Either


Cello, Group Class / Program



Alex Keitel

(2006) Alex Keitel received his bachelors and masters degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of music where he studied with Jean-Michel Fonteneau for seven years. While there, he received instruction by a group of internationally recognized musicians including: Mark Sokol of the Concord quartet, renowned Bay-area cellist Bonnie Hampton, Jodi Levitz of the Ives quartet, Naumberg competition winner Ian Swenson, Sadao Harada of the Tokyo string quartet, and Bobby Mann of the Julliard string quartet, among others. Alex’s most recent musical inspiration comes from the late renaissance and early baroque music of France. After four years of study, and with instruction by John Dorenburg, Elizabeth Reed, and Dutch master Wieland Kujiken, Alex is an accomplished player of the Viola de Gamba, educating with and performing from ancient manuscripts.

Alex is the Coordinator of the Comprehensive Musicianship Program and the Inner City Young Musician’s Program at CMC where he teaches theory and musicianship. He also conducts and coaches both the middle-school and high-school level orchestras for the ICYMP. Alex has been teaching cello, chamber music, music theory and composition for more than ten years, and will work with any level to help discover the ease of playing and the joys of making music. Alex has continually performed numerous recitals, chamber music and free concerts combining education with live performance for the benefit of the community for the past twelve years, as well as maintaining an international performing schedule.

Visit www.alexplayscello.com for free streaming music and videos.