John Bennett, Cello
Cellist John Bennett was born and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area of California until 2018 when he and his wife relocated to Portland. He attended San Francisco State University and California State College, East Bay, and his cello teachers included Margaret Rowell, Irene Sharp, and Lazlo Varga. His chamber music coaches were Roy Bogas and Bonnie Hampton.
For many years John taught students of all levels and ages in his private studio, and led workshops and cello ensembles. For 20 years he was the adjunct cello instructor at Pacific Union College and the Paulin Center for the Creative Arts in Angwin, California, where he taught lessons, coached chamber music, and conducted a youth orchestra. For 12 years, John was the cello/bass coach and a member of the Artist in Residence String Quartet for the Berkeley Youth Orchestra.
In addition to teaching, he was a tenured member of the Vallejo and Napa Valley Symphonies, freelanced as much as possible, and performed in chamber music and duo recitals. John’s greatest love has always been helping and guiding students of all ages and levels achieve their musical goals.