Described as “an assured soloist” with “fearless technique,” Dr. Cecilia Huerta-Lauf brings passion and heart to her performances as an accomplished cellist. A native of Dickson, Tennessee, she began playing the cello at age 4. Cecilia made her solo debut with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra at age 16. Her musical education began with a pre-college program at Vanderbilt University, extended to her undergraduate degree at DePaul University in Chicago, her master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and her DMA and teaching assistantship at the Frost School of Music in Miami, FL.
Cecilia has enjoyed tenures with groups such as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Discovery Ensemble, Florida Grand Opera, and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra & founding String Quartet. Cecilia was also the founding administrative director and principal cellist of the Boston Latin-American Orchestra. Honors include first prize winner of the Chicago Cliff Dwellers String Competition, first prize winner of Frost Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, New England Conservatory’s Entrepreneurial Grant award, and was a nominee for the Chicago Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Young Artists in 2011. In August of 2012, she was selected as one of 17 semi-finalists from around the world in the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition held in Morelia, Mexico.
Now a resident of Louisville, Kentucky, she performs and teaches in the Louisville area, including assistant principal of Paducah Symphony Orchestra and Crescent Hill Radio’s Classical Hour live chamber music show. Cecilia also serves as a member of the Chamber Music Society of Louisville Board and Executive Committee. She has participated in music festivals across the United States, Canada, France, and Italy, most recently at the Banff Centre and Carteret Cello Festival.
For more information, visit her website.
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