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Melissa Solomon

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Melissa Solomon grew up in a family of professional musicians where she developed an early passion for both performance and teaching. She immigrated to the United States to study at Interlochen Arts Academy. She later graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City where she studied cello with Timothy Eddy, and chamber music with Robert Mann, Earl Carlyss and Jonathan Feldman, among others. Ms. Solomon completed her Suzuki training with Pamela Devenport, Nancy Hair, Sally Gross, Carol Tarr, Jean Dexter, and Rick Mooney. 

Widely recognized throughout the US as a workshop and institute clinician, Ms Solomon has served as faculty in Chicago, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Austin, Dallas, Lubbock and San Marcos TX, Snowmass and Beaver Creek CO, Berkley, Pomona and Pasadena CA, Fairbanks and Denali Park AK, and regularly gives master classes at workshops throughout her home state of Texas. 

Melissa’s core belief that music has the power to inspire, heal and connect people drives her passion for teaching. While studying in New York City, she participated in Juilliard’s Community Fellowship Program, which brings music to diverse audiences throughout the city’s metropolitan areas. After graduating, she founded the cello program at Suzuki Talent Education of Pasadena in California, and later founded Project C.E.L.L.O where she directed courses in performance education, cello orchestra and chamber ensembles. 

In addition to teaching, Melissa has a love of playing. She has performed solo and chamber music throughout the United States, Europe and South Africa. Highlights include a solo recital at Lincoln Center’s Paul Hall (NY), performances at the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi (Italy), the Accademia Chigiana (Italy), the Edinburgh International Festival (Scotland) and leading the Juilliard Symphony celli at Carnegie Hall (NY) under the baton of James de Priest. 

Melissa lives and teaches in Austin, Texas where directs her South Austin Cello Choir and plays chamber music. When she is not teaching or playing the cello, she loves to write, draw, hike, camp, wood carve, play games, ride bikes, chat and laugh with her two delightful children ages 10 and 8, family and friends.