• Theodore Kartal
    Cello Instructor

    B.A., M.M., Mimar Sinan University
    M.M,. Louisiana State University
    Email: tkartal@leeuniversity.edu

    Cellist Theodore Kartal joined Lee University in 2011. He is a cellist in the Knoxville Symphony as well as previously with the Shreveport Symphony and South Arkansas Symphony. He is currently principal cellist of the Oak Ridge Symphony and Bryan Symphony Orchestras. He studied cello in Istanbul, earning a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music in Cello performance from Mimar Sinan university. He also studied at the Paris Conservatory and here in the United States, earning another Masters Degree in Cello Performance from Louisiana State University. As a student, he won many concerto competitions. In 1993, he won the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion prize in Houston, Texas. In 1982, he was the first prize winner of the Istanbul Cello competition. He has been a frequent soloist and recitalist in his native country as well as in Italy, Germany, France, and here in the United States. He has performed in orchestras, festivals, and tours from the Lincoln Center in New York to the Oregon Coast, Spoleto, Italy, and many others. His performances are broadcast frequently on public radio as cellist with the Knoxville Symphony Concertmaster’s Series and the Oak Ridge Symphony Chamber Players. Prior to moving to the United States in 1991, he was professor of Cello at Mimar Sinan University of Istanbul. He has extensive training as a Suzuki Method teacher and in addition to his busy performing schedule he maintains a large private studio in Knoxville.

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