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Scott Thomas Lesser is an active performer and teacher in the Greater Boston area. Scott is Principal Cellist of Cape Ann Symphony and a member of the Orchestra of Indian Hill and Atlantic Symphony, where he has played Acting Principal in concerts this season. He recently completed seven years as Principal with the Boston Civic Symphony.
Scott has bee an active freelance performer and teacher in the Greater Boston area and a co-founder of North Shore Chamber Music. He is relocating to Utah in May 2018. Scott was Principal Cellist of Cape Ann Symphony and was Acting Principal Cellist of the Orchestra of Indian Hill. Scott also played in Atlantic Symphony and a substitute cellist for Lexington Symphony, Cape Symphony and Portland Symphony. Since moving to Boston in 2007, Scott has played with ten additional orchestras, many recording sessions, solo & chamber music recitals including NSCM, Indian Hill’s Bach’s Lunch, Jazz/Contemporary & King’s Chapel’s Tuesday Recitals series in Boston. Scott has been a String Scholar at Eastern Music Festival (NC) for three years, a summer internship in the professional orchestra under conductor Gerard Schwarz. He spent two summers each at the Chautauqua (NY) and Killington (VT) music festivals, and the National Orchestra Institute in DC. Scott was the cello instructor for the Needham and Canton public schools for several years. A native of Colorado, Scott married a violist he met in the BYU orchestras, a former music teacher in the public schools. They are the proud parents of four beautiful daughters.
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Scott Thomas Lesser is Principal Cellist of Cape Ann Symphony under the baton of Yoichi Udagawa, having first joined the section in 2010. He is also a member of the cello sections of the Orchestra of Indian Hill under Bruce Hangen since 2011 and Atlantic Symphony under Jin Kim since 2007. Scott has played Acting or Guest Principal in concerts with Indian Hill, Atlantic and Symphony By The Sea this past season (2013-2014). In April 2014 Scott completed seven years as Principal Cellist with the Boston Civic Symphony under Max Hobart. In addition, Scott has played with eight other professional regional orchestras in New England and mentored in three collegial orchestras. Scott also currently collaborates with other local musicians in performing chamber music recitals, music outreach presentations and playing for private weddings, funerals and other events.
Scott will return this summer having attending the previous two as a String Scholar at Eastern Music Festival (NC), an internship in the professional orchestra with renowned conductor Gerard Schwarz. After summer 2014 Scott will have performed over twenty concerts with Maestro Schwarz. He spent summers 2007-2008 at the Chautauqua Music Festival in the orchestra under Timothy Muffitt (NY) and Killington Music Festival (VT) in 2009-2010. In 2004 at the National Orchestra Institute in DC he performed under conductors Michael Stern, JoAnn Falletta and Leonard Slatkin.
Scott has played solos in masterclasses for distinguished cellists including Timothy Eddy, Thomas Landschoot, Zuill Bailey, Daniel Müller Schott, Eleonore Schoenfield, Jeffrey Solow, Suren Bagratuni, Merry Peckham, Allison Eldredge, Arie Lipsky, Bernard Greenhouse and violinist Joseph Silverstein. In chamber music masterclasses he has played for Samuel Rhodes, Arnold Steinhard, Evan Wilson, and members of the Audubon, Ying, St. Petersburg, and Cavani Quartets, and the Amadeus Trio. Scott has been privileged to perform in orchestras accompanying famous cellists including Lynn Harrell, Wendy Warner and Yo-Yo Ma, and even with popular music stars Idina Menzel and Steven Tyler.
As a student, Scott has given 9 solo recitals and 11 complete chamber music recitals with a focus of programming great music by lesser-known composers. In 2011 Scott completed his graduate studies with Andrew Mark at The Boston Conservatory of Music, earning a Graduate Performance Diploma & Master’s of Music in Cello Performance. While at TBC he had additional cello studies with Rhonda Rider and two members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mihail Jojatu and Sato Knudsen. As a member of The Boston Conservatory Orchestra under Bruce Hangen he played Principal or Asssitant Principal for a majority of the concerts, and with Lynn Chang's TBC Hemenway Strings he perfomed the Vivaldi Double Concerto.
Before moving to Massachusetts in 2007, Scott received his Bachelor’s of Music from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT studying with Julie Bevan. At BYU he played Principal with the Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras under Kory Katseanes for four years and gave concert tours in ten states and eight European countries. With the Philharmonic he performed the first movement of the Dvořák Cello Concerto as a winner of the Evening of Concertos competition. Scott was a founding member of the BYU Honors String Quartet who gave multiple recitals in three states, was student quartet in residence at Chautauqua Music Festival in 2007 and featured in performance on satellite television on BYU-TV.
Scott has taught the cello for ten years to students of all ages and abilities. Scott maintains an active private teaching studio, and is the cello instructor for the Canton Public Schools and the Needham Public Schools in Massachusetts. He has been the chair of the two biennial Solo Competitions for string players in Massachusetts with the MA chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
Scott has played the cello since he was four. When he was three years old he attended an outdoor symphony concert and pointed to the cellists, telling his mom “I want to play that instrument!” He has kept that same love for the cello ever since. Although not a serious student until high school, Scott enjoyed playing the cello as a youth, especially when he first started to play in an orchestra in junior high school. His cello teachers in Colorado as a youth included James Fittz (UNC-Greeley) and Lisa Eakins. Scott was a member of the Larimer Youth Festival and Rocky Mountain Youth Orchestras for a few years. During his final years in high school Scott studied with Judith Glyde (CU-Boulder), peformed the first movement of the Haydn Cello Concerto in C as the winner of the RMYO concerto competition, and was Principal Cellist for the Colorado All-State Orchestra and the Western States Honor Orchestra Festival at UNC.
Since high school Scott’s dream job has been to play in a major full-time symphony orchestra. He has shown determination, integrity and success in achieving a career in music. He has periodically composed and arranged for various mediums, recorded live music, and hopes to be a conductor one day. Scott composed incidental music for the original theatrical production of Archipelego at BYU in 2003 and received an honorable mention for his arrangment and performance for Indaba Music's "Celebrate & Collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma" competition in 2008. The cello remains to be his main avenue to achieving his goal of a fulfilling music career by creating, discovering, performing and sharing the power and meaning of music with others.
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