ANDREW'S FINE VIOLINS
Arizona's dealer and restorer of violin, viola, cello, and bass
(Associate Professor of Cello)
Praised for his expressive and poetic music making, cellist Thomas Landschoot enjoys an international career as a concert and recording artist and pedagogue. He has toured North America, Europe and Asia and has appeared on National Radio and Television worldwide. His solo career started after taking a top prize at the International Cello Competition ŒJeunesse Musicales‚ in 1995 in Bucharest, Romania.
He recently performed with the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Frankfurt Chamber Orchestra, Prima la Musica (Belgium), Shieh Chien Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Tempe Symphony and the Orchestra of the United States Army Band and has appeared at the Park City, Santa Barbara, Mammoth Lakes, Utah, Red Rock, Waterloo, Killington and Texas Music Festivals. His recordings are available on Summit, Organic, Kokopelli and Centaur Records.
WESLEY SKINNER (TEMPE / IN HOME)
Holding Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, 26-year-old Cellist, Wesley Skinner, studied with pedagogue Dr. Melissa Kraut. With an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy during his Master’s degree, Wesley recently held faculty positions in the Western Reserve Suzuki School, the Hudson School of Music, and the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) Preparatory Program. Now attending Arizona State University (ASU), Wesley is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts as the Teaching Assistant of Performing Cellist and Pedagogue Thomas Landschoot.
DR. JENNA DALBEY (CHANDLER)
Dr. Jenna Dalbey has been performing and teaching in the Phoenix Metropolitan area since 2009. She is the cellist, program director, and co-founder of the Tetra String Quartet. Tetra is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that is creating opportunities that link performance with public service in Arizona. Jenna is a passionate educator and has maintained a private cello studio for over 15 years. She teaches ages 3 through high school from her home studio in Chandler. Her private students have gone on to study cello performance at distinguished institutions such as the Royal Conservatory of Scotland, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Arizona State University.
She is a Faculty Associate at ASU and with the Tetra String Quartet, has performed educational assemblies for thousands of K-12 students throughout Arizona. Jenna was a 2017 recipient of the AZ Central's Who's Next: Arts List (a monthly recognition program showcasing influencers in different fields). She is also a proud Class 39 graduate of the prestigious Valley Leadership Institute.
DR. LUCIANA GALLO ( TEMPE / PHOENIX )
Dr. Luciana Gallo is a dedicated cello instructor and performer based in the Phoenix area. She is a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and teaches cello lessons out of her private studio. In 2017 she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University, where she was a Graduate Cello Teaching Assistant to Thomas Landschoot. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Nevada Reno, where she was a TA to Dr. Dmitri Atapine and a member of the Nightingale String Quartet, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Dr. Gallo’s teaching experience includes working as Lead String Teacher for Harmony Project Phoenix, a music for social change program for underprivileged children, and teaching at Cellobration Festival (ASU) and the Tucson Cello Congress. She also served as cello coach for Campo Verde High School and the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestras, among others.
Talya’s musical career began at the age of ten, when she picked up the cello for a school project and never put it down. Growing up close to New York City, she attended the Mannes and Juilliard pre-college programs under cellists Barabara Mallow and Bonnie Hampton, and soloed with the Juilliard Preparatory Orchestra. She received her undergraduate degree from the New England Conservatory and her graduate degree at the Juilliard School, her primary mentors being Paul Katz and Natasha Brofsky.
Talya attended the Perlman Music Program and their affiliated residencies from 2007 to 2014 and has participated in summer music festivals at the Banff Centre, Tanglewood, Taos, and Yellow Barn, where she discovered her love for chamber music. Her most memorable experiences are those in which she has worked and performed with renowned musicians such as Itzhak Perlman, Alan Gilbert, the Weilerstein Trio, Alfred Brendel, and members of the Shanghai, Cleveland, Brentano, and Juilliard String Quartets.