About Ms. Emily

 
Biography

Emily began her cello studies at age 10 with, Lu-Yan Guo. She credits his instruction during her early years as the inspiration to create a music studio where music was both fun and enjoyable. She began teaching when she was 14 years old and fell in love immediately. The sharing of knowledge and watching her students progress was motivation to focus on continuing her studies with cellist, Ruslan Biryukov. It was during her time with Mr. Biryukov she expanded her technique and musicianship; entering various competitions, joining the top youth orchestras, completing theory examinations and chamber music.

In 2012, Emily was granted a full scholarship to attend California State University, Fullerton to pursue her Bachelor's of Music with cellist Bongshin Ko. At CSU Fullerton, Emily grew tremendously and was able to travel the World performing solo, chamber and orchestra music in Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Austria, Luxembourg, South Korea and New York City. In 2015, she made her Carnegie Hall Debut performing the works of modern composer, Tarik O'Reagan. She has also had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses of notable cellists, Misha Maisky, Richard Aaron, Clive Greensmith and Alexander Rudin. 

Since 2008, Emily has been growing her cello studio in San Diego. Her students have earned top chairs in their school orchestras and youth orchestras. They have competed and won first place prizes in local competitions and performed across the county. She is known to have patience but demands the highest musicianship in her students. 

Emily plays on a Tyrolian cello from the 1820's nicknamed "Antonin" after the fake label inside of the maker "Dworak." Besides cello playing, Emily enjoys reading, baking, crafting and spending time outside with her cats. 

Teachers
  • Bongshin Ko                                                                              2012-present

  • Daniel Rothmuller                                                                            Fall 2013

  • Ruslan Biryukov                                                                             2009-2012

  • Lu-Yan Guo                                                                                     2004-2009

Master
classes
  • Mary Ann Ramos, Northern Arizona University                 October 2016

  • Josep Bassal, Spanish Cellist                                               February, 2016

  • Thomas Loewenheim, CSU Fresno                                  December, 2015

  • Phillip Levy, Stanford String Quartet                                   October, 2015

  • Vagram Saradjian, University of Houston                                   July, 2015

  • Emanuel Gruber, East Carolina University                                 July, 2015

  • Richard Aaron, Julliard and U of Michigan                      December, 2014

  • Mischa Maisky                                                                                 July, 2014

  • Alexander Rudin, Moscow Conservatory                                    July, 2014

  • Daniel Saenz, Sam Houston State University                             July, 2014

  • Mario de Secondi, Hochschule für Musik Trossingen               July, 2014

  • Clive Greensmith, Colburn School                                              May, 2014

  • Daniel Rothmuller,                                                                        June, 2013

  • Ovidiu Marinescu, West Chester University                             April, 2013

  • Jeffrey Solow, Temple University                                            August, 2011

Suzuki Training
Every Child Can!

Las Vegas Desert Suzuki Institute 2016

Trainer: Laurel Ann Mauer

San Diego Suzuki Institute 2019

Trainer: Dr. Alice Ann O'Neille

 

Suzuki Cello Book 1

Los Angeles Suzuki Institute 2017

Trainer: Abbey Hansen

Suzuki Cello Book 2 & 3

Chicago Suzuki Institute 2017

Trainer: Jean Dexter

Suzuki Cello Book 4 & 5

Intermountain Suzuki String Institute 2018

Trainer: Dr. Alice Ann O'Neill

Suzuki Cello Book 6 & 7

Intermountain Suzuki String Institute 2019

Trainer: Dr. Alice Ann O'Neill

Suzuki Cello Book 2 

San Diego Suzuki Institute 2019

Trainer: Dr. Alice Ann O'Neill

Membership
Education
California State University, Fullerton
Bachelor's of Music, Cello Performance

2012-2016

 

California State University, Fullerton

Master's of Music, Cello Performance

​2017 - present

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