WIlliam Kass, Cello

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The cellist William Kass is an active chamber musician, soloist, and educator based in the Baltimore-Washington area. Recently, he has given solo recitals in Baltimore, Maryland, performed of the music of Bartók and Beethoven with the Lind Quartet, and toured with the Rushmore Concert Artists. He has collaborated with groups such as the "Symphony No. 1" Chamber Orchestra and the Stony Brook Chamber Ensemble; he has been featured as a soloist with the Alton Symphony (IL) and the St. Louis Civic Orchestra. 

His interest in community engagement frequently leads him to perform in many diverse and non-traditional venues — from hospitals, nursing homes and prisons, to coffee shops and schools, even an elementary school in the small mountain town of La Unión, Colombia.

Mr. Kass studied cello performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Amit Peled, as well as pedagogy with Bai-Chi Chen. He has appeared in masterclasses for Ronald Leonard, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Colin Carr, and Timothy Eddy.  As a chamber musician, Mr. Kass received instruction from members of the Takács, Juilliard, Brentano, Miró, and Borromeo Quartets, as well as from the pianists Robert McDonald and Benjamin Pasternack.

Mr. Kass is the Assistant Director of the Rushmore Music Festival, as well a member of the cello faculty. Held each summer in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the Rushmore Music Festival brings together musicians from around the world to share their love of chamber music through a series of free concerts and summer camp programs for students of all levels.

Mr. Kass maintains a private teaching studio in Baltimore and he is the cello instructor at the ART-IST Music Center in Reisterstown, Maryland and at the Opus Community Music School in Eldersburg, Maryland.

Learn more about Mr. Kass at www.williamkasscellist.com