Studying Cello at Lamont

The Lamont School of Music’s cello studio provides a collaborative and encouraging environment in which you'll have the opportunity to push your artistic boundaries.

As a cellist at Lamont, you'll study with Professor Matthew Zalkind and benefit from the pedagogical expertise of Professor Heather Hadley. Zalkind has won top honors in multiple international competitions, including the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. A former member of the Harlem String Quartet, Zalkind maintains a career as an international soloist. His robust experience allows him to help his students work toward technical mastery while they nurture their artistic passion.

Hadley is a teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, has been published in the American Suzuki Journal, featured in SAA videos for parents and has served on the board of the Suzuki Association of Colorado.

  • Live Audition

    Applicants will preference their top two (2) audition dates for a live audition in Denver on the Lamont application. All auditions are approximately 20 minutes in length. The applicant will choose one of their prepared works to perform. The faculty will choose the second of the prepared works and possibly an additional work as well.

  • Applicants Unable to Travel to Denver

    While Lamont faculty prefer to have applicants audition on campus, those unable to travel to Denver for a live audition may submit an unedited video audition in lieu of the on-campus audition. Recordings received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. This video should be uploaded through the Lamont application.

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate (BM, BA and Minor)

  • A movement of your choice from the standard concerto repertoire
  • One contrasting work of your choice
  • One etude of your choice, preferably Popper or Piatti
  • Optional: you may choose, if you wish, to include a piece for solo cello from the 20th/21st century in addition to the above requirements

Graduate (MM and Certificate in Performance)

  • Major and minor scales with arpeggios (three or four octaves)
  • A movement of your choice from the standard concerto repertoire
  • Two movements (slow and fast) of an unaccompanied Bach Suite
  • One Popper Etude or Piatti Caprice of your choice
  • Optional: a piece for solo cello from the 20th/21st century in addition to the above requirements


Matthew Zalkind with cello

Matthew Zalkind

Assistant Professor

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Heather Hadley with cello

Heather Hadley

Adjunct Faculty

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