Cellist Theodore Buchholz has been described by The Arizona Daily Star as a “Virtuosic cellist,” The Post and Courier as an “Outstanding performer,” and The Charleston City Paper as a “Wonderful musician.” He annually performs in over seventy concerts as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestra section member. He was the Principal Cellist of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Associate Principal Cellist of the Stockton Symphony for four years, and is currently a core member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Buchholz studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers include Nathaniel Rosen, Bonnie Hampton, Sadao Harada, and Robert Jesselson. Theodore is the Director of the Tucson Cello Congress, the Tucson Cello Workshop, the Music with Art Concert Series, and is Co-Artistic Director of Young Artists in Chamber Music Summer Seminar. As a leader in music education, he serves as President-Elect of the American String Teachers Association of Arizona, and is on faculty at Pima Community College.
What music is on your iPod?
Whichever piece is on the next concert. This week: Brahms’s Piano Trio in c minor, and a whole slew of unaccompanied cello works for an upcoming recital.
What was your first musical experience as performer or audience member?
A lasting impression on me has been my first cello teacher, the professor at the University of South Carolina, who took me as a student at a young age and whose organization and expert understanding of pedagogy continues to shape my career as a performer and cello teacher.
Why did you choose your instrument?
My parents encouraged my siblings and me to study music, though I am the only one that stuck with it. We had a cello in the house that my older sister had given up on, so my lot was cast with the cello.
What is your favorite music to perform? Genre or specific piece?
I could play Brahms everyday for the rest of my life.
What do you do besides music?
I enjoy downhill skiing and in the summers I paint (poorly!). I spend most of my free time walking my dog Henry: a mysterious mix that we think is poodle and whippet.
Where did you go to school?
I have a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a bachelor’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
What are your favorite places in Tucson?
The Etherton Gallery, Tucson Contemporary Arts, Pico de Gallo, Café Poco Cosa, Mt. Lemmon, and of course the Reid Park Dog Park.
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