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Jane H. Salemson

I started my cello days at Cleveland Heights High School in 1961, as a transplanted Brit 10th grader. After a couple of months in the Orchestra Director's office with a cello and a book, I was given lessons by a cello teacher at the Cleveland Institute of Music - Bonnie (can anyone help me remember her last name?) I loved it so much that I refused to go back to school and was fortunate to be sent to Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England, where I spent 2 wonderful years studying with Michael Evans. During that period I was also part of the Dartington Summer Schools when Jacqueline Du Pre first played for Paul Tortelier. That was a magical session; "Don Quixote" took our breath away, including Tortelier's. Jackie and I were the same age, and she too was at the Guildhall School of Music in London when I went there after Dartington, but of course by then she was beginning to concertize all over. I studied with Bernard Richards who played in the English Chamber Orchestra. Through his connections I was able to attend rehearsals and hear the first performance of Haydn's C major cello concerto by Rostropovich. I would love to hear from anyone associated with the Cleveland Heights High School Orchestra 1960-61, I remember going on tour with them to Ottawa and other places. Unfortunately in all my travels I lost all my records and memorabilia of those times.

I am now the principal cellist with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, in Raleigh, NC. I am also available for chamber music ensembles, freelance gigs, and so on. I teach both privately and in schools. In my spare time I run a booking agency for musicians.

I love surfing the World Wide Web, and wander around it most late evenings. I am very interested in discussing cello teaching and cello playing with others on the net.

(919) 929-2477
Chapel Hill, NC USA

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