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Rob Bradshaw, cello

Cellist Rob Bradshaw has performed throughout the United States as chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral musician in venues ranging from New York’s Lincoln Center to the Regattabar Jazz Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. Bradshaw has collaborated with artists Greg Sauer, Leona Mitchell, George Crumb, the Grammy-winning Pacifica String Quartet, Laura Bossert, and Wayman Chin.  He has premiered new works by Robert Baksa, Anne-Vale Brittan, Rob Deemer, Shawn Garmon, Leah Kennedy, Ricardo Souza, and Marvin Lamb, and gave the premiere performance of Brian John’s A Glimpse of the Philippines at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.


Mr. Bradshaw serves as principal cellist of the Fort Smith Symphony, and has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Opera Fayetteville, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Academia Filarmonica, and the Collegium Musicum at the University of Oklahoma. He has been a guest teaching fellow and artist at the Stamford International Chamber Music Festival in Stamford, England.


Mr. Bradshaw is currently working with composers on three newly commissioned works for the cello, as part of a larger project that explores the emotional impact of severe weather. All three compositions feature composers who live and work in Oklahoma, the center of “Tornado Alley.”


He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Master’s Degree with distinction from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from the University of Oklahoma. His principal teachers include Jonathan Ruck, Greg Sauer, Terry King, Wayman Chin, and Roger Tapping. He has performed in master classes for Laurence Lesser, Paul Katz, Colin Carr, Matt Haimovitz, Emilio Colón, and the Pacifica Quartet. He is a member of the American String Teachers Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Society for Music Theory, the College Music Society, and the Oklahoma Music Educators Association.

Artistic Director

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