Myron Gorin is a performing cello player and teacher. He grew up in Kiev, Ukraine. Prior to coming in USA in 1993, he studied at the Kiev Conservatory with Professor Vadim Chervov. After graduating, Myron worked at Kiev Musical Theater as Concertmaster. Myron also taught private cello lessons at Kiev Children Music School. Myron truly enjoys teaching and is passionate about music education.
Overview and History of the Cello
The cello originated in the 16th century as a member of the violin family and was originally called the violoncello. The cello was created because composers were looking for a lower toned instrument in their music that could also function as a lead instrument. Traditionally the cello has served as the anchor between the violin and bass sections. However, the cello has come a long way since then. Some of the most famous pieces of the classical repertoire were written for or featured the cello, including pieces written by JS Bach for solo cello and Beethoven’s string quartets.
Age to Start Cello Lessons
The Cello demands many of the same skills as the violin, but due to its larger size it may be more appropriate to start a student on the cello when they would be able to carry and hold the instrument comfortably. We recommend the student be approximately 7-8 years old.
Procuring an Instrument
For younger students who require a smaller size cello, renting may be the best option available. New student and intermediate models are also available from many music stores. When it comes to purchasing a high quality instrument, the experience gained from speaking to a professional cello teacher would be invaluable.
Benefits of Cello Lessons
Playing the cello requires a refined ear and exceptional dexterity of the arms, hands, and fingers. Upon acquiring these skills through cello lessons, the student will then have the opportunity to be a part of this great history of cello music by studying the various repertoires from Bach, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky.