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Sean Katsuyama

A versatile and accomplished cellist, Sean Katsuyama is a frequent performer on New York’s concert stages and Broadway theaters and has performed solo and chamber music in many of its most noted venues. He is a founding member of the Iris Quartet, which is now entering its eleventh year of concerts. Following 9/11, he had the honor to play for workers at the World Trade Center site. 

As an orchestral player he was a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Pacific Music Festival Orchestras, touring Europe, Japan, and Korea. He also toured the North American continent with “Star Wars in Concert”. 

Mr. Katsuyama is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Channing Robbins and Harvey Shapiro. His early teachers include Lee Fiser in Cincinnati and Orlando Cole in Philadelphia. He is on the faculty of Bard College’s Preparatory Division and teaches classes at the Globe Institute and the Collegiate School and is regularly invited to adjudicate at the Hong Kong Schools of Music Festival. 

His hobbies include the Chinese, Japanese, and Western versions of chess, photography, and golf. His instrument is a modern reproduction of the "Sleeping Beauty” Montagnana cello, formerly owned by Orlando Cole.