TEACHER OF CELLO
DIRECTS STRING GROUP CLASSES AND ENSEMBLES
Isaiah Pennington arrived in Bermuda by way of New York City, where he completed his Master of Music at the Mannes School of Music and established himself as a free-lance cellist. A pupil of celebrated soloist and chamber musician Marcy Rosen, Isaiah enjoys an active performance schedule of the major chamber music repertoire, including recent concerts at the German Consulate General and the Dimenna Center for Classical Music. Isaiah also performs in many of New York’s orchestras, frequently serving as principal cellist. Isaiah owes much of his orchestral development to a fellowship with the Montclair Orchestra under the baton of Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Concertmaster David Chan.
Isaiah enjoys giving frequent recitals of the standard cello repertoire, including the Bach Cello Suites and the sonata literature. One of Isaiah’s greatest pleasures is to travel with his cello, and in recent years Isaiah has toured North America and Europe with Lincoln
Center Stage, attended festivals in France, Italy, and Quebec, and toured South Africa performing the newly composed opera Wading Home.
Isaiah is a passionate instructor and brings his love of the cello and performance to students of all ages and backgrounds. Ensuring that each of his students receives a highly individualized learning experience, Isaiah spends a great deal of time creating unique plans of study for each pupil. He strives to make lessons engaging, fast-paced, and exciting. Isaiah has worked for several non-profit arts organizations, youth orchestras, and school systems teaching the cello, all the while maintaining a sizable private cello studio. He has taken advanced coursework in music pedagogy, teaching artistry, and Alexander Technique, incorporating modern techniques as well as practices from the rich history of cello tutelage into his teaching methods.
In the little time when Isaiah isn’t playing the cello, he enjoys fly fishing, amateur astronomy, backpacking, and the natural world. Isaiah is a curious-spirited person, who brings his inquisitive nature to his musical pursuits and his teaching.