David Chentian

David Gu, Cello Lessons

Teaching Artist - Cello


David Chentian, cellist, has performed as a soloist, recitalist, symphony orchestra musician and chamber musician across North America and Asia, including various performances at Strand-Capital Performing Arts Center, Dundalk Community Theatre, Cathedral of Incarnation, Friedberg Hall of Peabody Conservatory,and The Falls Church Episcopal. He is a member of several symphony orchestras in the DC and Baltimore region, including the Tysons McLean Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, National Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony and York Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has played recitals at many concert halls and performing arts centers.

David is the Cello Teaching Artist at the George Mason University Community Arts Academy in Fairfax, Viriginia, and has a deep understanding of how to teach students in different levels. He also has a private studio and teaches at music schools in the Baltimore and Columbia, Maryland area.

David completed his Bachelor of Music degree with academic honors from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, studying with cello professor Min Cao. He received his Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance degree from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Amit Peled and BSO principal Dariusz Skoraczewski. In addition, he had the privilege of studying with some of the greatest cellists in the world, such as Houston Symphony Associate Principal Christopher French, Rice University cello professor Desmond Hoebig and Manhattan School of Music cello professor David Geber.

David has attended many music festivals throughout the United States on full scholarship and worked with many renowned conductors and cellists such as Carl St. Clare, Hans Graf, Leon Fleisher, Marin Alsop, and Christopher French. He was selected to be the principal cellist for many concerts. He has a wide range of experience playing in orchestra and as a soloist. He enjoys sharing the joy of music through performing and teaching.



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