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Elliott Cheney

Adjunct Associate Professor, Cello

PhD University of Texas
MA University of Texas
BA University of Texas

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Cellist Elliott Cheney holds Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in cello performance from the University of Texas, where he studied with Phyllis Young. He also did studies with André Navarra at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany. Cheney has been the Principal Cellist of the National Symphony of Costa Rica, and The Savannah Symphony, and has been on the faculties of the University of Costa Rica, Southwestern University, Armstrong College, and the University of Tennessee. He joined the music faculty at the University of Utah in 2001, and has taught String Methods, Introduction to Music, Cello, and coached chamber music.

Elliott is active as a solo cellist, and has recently performed all six solo suites by J.S. Bach, concertos by Saint-Saëns, Dvorak, Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi, as well as the Brahms Double Concerto and the Beethoven Triple Concerto. He also gives frequent recitals, and has performed numerous recitals throughout the United States and Canada, as well Brazil, Austria and Spain.

With his wife, Carey, the Cheney's maintain a large cello studio, teaching all ages, from three-year-olds on up. Over the past several years they have been performing in a trio with their son, Livingston, who was born in 1995. Recent concerts include guest artist performances at music festivals in Mexico City, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Stevens Point, WI.

Elliott is also in demand as a teacher and clinician at festivals and institutes. His performing and teaching activities have taken him to Hawaii, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Louisiana, Florida, New York, Ohio, Canada, Brazil, Costa Rica, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France.

Courses Taught

  • Cello - Private Lessons
Last Updated: 3/22/23