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Chenni Chen is a native Taiwanese. She began her cello studies at the age of 13 with Mrs. Sharon Francis, when her family lived in Belize, Central America. At age of 14, she became the principal cellist of the Belize Chamber Music Orchestra. At age 18, she continued her cello studies in the US. While she discovered the wonders of cello music, her teachers included Benjamin Karp, Alan Herral, Bryan Dumm, and Anne Williams. Mrs. Chen was a member of Mansfield Symphony orchestra and the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra. She attended music festival such as the Nice Conservatory Summer festival, the Manchester Music Festival (USA), and Texas Music Festival. Mrs. Chen is also very passionate about chamber music, she recived chamber music coaching with Peter Salaff, Cavani Quartet, Ysaÿe Quartet and Shanghai String Quartet. She was a guest cellist with the Black River String Quartet. While she stayed in Zurich for three years, she met Professor Claude Starck, who is a retired solo cellist from Tonhalle Orchester Zurich. She continued her private studies with Mr. Starck and learning the essentials of cello pedagogy. Now, Mrs. Chen is the cello teacher at the Dommusik in Trier. She is an active member of Schoneck Ensemble from Koblenz and Cellotonica. She plays a Peter Staszel Cello, Chicago.

Nao Sasaki Cellist, born in Japan, began playing the cello at the age of 9 years old. She attended the Tokiwagi-Gakuen Highschool, which specialized in music. After obtaining her Abitur, she studied Cello at the “Tokyo University of the Arts” with Professor Fumiaki Kono, with a Bachelor of Music degree. In her student time, she played numerous chamber music, which she won the excellent prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Salzburg (Morzart). She also attended many master classes for cello and chamber music in Germany and Austria with Prof. Wolfgang Boettcher, Prof. Wen Sinnyang, Prof. Julius Berger, and Prof. Danjuro Ishizaka During her time at the university, Nao Sasaki took part in the public master classes with a Leipzig string quartet and played with musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2012 she won a promotional prize of a student competition in Japan. As a soloist, In 2012 and 2013, Nao Sasaki performed Robert Schumann cello concerto and Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra. She continued to perform various concerts as a cellist with orchestras and chamber music after completed her studies. Since 2016, Nao Sasaki has been working as a cello teacher in the House of Music and also an active member of Cellotonica.

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