First Assistant Cello
Tavi Ungerleider began playing music with his mother, who was a piano teacher, and has always felt passionately about the art. He studied cello with Ronald Feldman in Boston, at the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick in a exchange program with Columbia University, and with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy. Mindful of the musical innovations of our time, he has performed with Béla Fleck and Leonard Slatkin, and has appeared in the TV series Masterclass featuring Michael Tilson Thomas.
Model of instrument: Cello by Raffaele & Antonio Gagliano, ca. 1830, and cello bow by François Nicolas Voirin, 1860, provided graciously by CANIMEX INC, from Drummondville (Quebec) Canada.
Hometown: Sudbury (Massachusetts)
First musical love: Yo-Yo Ma’s recordings of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and János Starker’s recordings of works by Kodály
Favourite works: Mozart’s Requiem, Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Kreisleriana, Beethoven’s last four string quartets, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 6
Interests: Basketball, chess
If you hadn’t chosen to become a musician, you would be …: Working in the field of mathematics