I love to teach cellists of all levels and capabilities, and tailor my teaching practices to suit each individual student and their personal goals. If they wish to achieve high marks in grade exams or auditions, then I prepare them in a manner specifically suited to each qualification they wish to make. I also focus on many other aspects of playing the instrument, such as performance anxiety, performing within an ensemble, solo performance preparation and musical theory. Whatever your goal, I will ensure you receive well-rounded, solid instruction that includes all the key areas of cello performance: technique, musical interpretation, and musicianship.
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Ellie Winter (b. 1995) is currently studying for a Master of Arts in cello at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tuition of Nicholas Trygstad.
Ellie began her cello studies with Josephine Horder. She demonstrated great musical promise from an early age, winning the Marguerite Swan Prize for Cello aged twelve. She was awarded places in numerous prestigious youth orchestras, including the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, the Barbican Youth Orchestra (under Sir Colin Davis), and the Chiltern Youth Chamber Orchestra. In compliment to her ‘cello studies, Ellie also studied conducting in 2009 under Natalia Luis-Bassa. Since then, Ellie has learnt with Peter Adams, Julia Debruslais and Joy Lisney, and has been invited to take part in masterclasses with Adrian Bradbury and Steven Doane. She has attended the Cello Classics International Soloist Course (Tereglio, Italy) for two consecutive years, where she received tuition from Raphael Wallfisch, Sebastian Comberti and Baroque specialist Roel Dieltiens. Ellie has also received tuition from, and participated in masterclasses with Hannah Roberts. In 2019 she also studied with with Ruth Phillips, exploring technique through relaxation and breathing.
Ellie is a graduate of Pembroke College, University of Oxford (2016). She combined her studies with a programme of performances as both a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. In addition to solo recitals, Ellie was a principal of the Oxford University Philharmonic Orchestra, and collaborated with the Oxford University Orchestra alongside renowned soloists such as Midori, Ian Bostrige and Luis Parés.
Ellie has also been a long-standing member of the highly regarded Orchestra for the Earth, which has earned critical acclaim for its collaborations with international soloists such as Carson Becke, and its 2017 & 2018 Alpine Tours, which saw the orchestra perform chamber reductions of Mahler’s 4th & 9th Symphonies at three of the composer’s celebrated composing hut locations.
Ellie has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in a number of distinguished London venues, notably St Martins-in-the-Fields, and the Barbican. She has worked with numerous chamber ensembles, including the Zima String Trio and Laetus Piano Trio. Her ensemble work extends across many genres, and includes collaborations with jazz musician Jacqui Dankworth, and singer-songwriter Sam Garrett.
Ellie is committed to ensuring young musicians with potential can access similar opportunities, and works regularly with the National Children’s Orchestras as a member of Social Staff teams.
She is also self-employed editor and journalist of Gigabite Music, a publication dedicated to reviews of live music and thought-provoking interviews with musicians of all genres.