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Sean Katsuyama - Cello

Sean Kastuyama - Iris String Quartet

Sean Katsuyama - Cello

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Sean Katsuyama began studying cello at the age of fourteen with Lee Fiser and subsequently with Orlando Cole in Philadelphia. Within five years he was accepted into the Juilliard School where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees under the guidance of Channing Robbins and Harvey Shapiro. A dedicated orchestral player, he has performed as Principal Cello of the Long Island Philharmonic and the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, with whom he toured Japan and worked with musicians such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Christoph Eschenbach, and Toru Takemitsu. He has also toured South Korea and Europe as a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Currently residing in New York City, he has performed solo and chamber music in many of its important halls, including Carnegie's Weill, Alice Tully, Steinway, Merkin, among others, and had the honor to play for relief workers at the World Trade Center site. With colleagues Albert Tiu and Joseph Esmilla, he recorded original piano trio transcriptions of Astor Piazzollas music on the Northbranch la- bel. Aside from performing, Mr. Katsuyama is an Assistant Professor at the Globe Institute, where he teaches music appreciation, and also teaches cello privately. His hobbies include the Chinese, Japanese, and Western versions of chess, photography, and golf. He performs on a modern reproduction of the legendary Domenico Montagnana cello "The Sleeping Beauty of 1739.