Cello

Tobias Morris (MD)
Born and raised in San Marino California, Toby began studying cello at age 5, and gave his first solo début at age 13. He has performed at various different musical venues as a soloist, a chamber musician, and as a member of numerous string ensembles. In high school, Mr. Morris began his exploration of chamber music with the creation of the S.M. String Quartet, which won first place awards in the Callie McGrath Chamber Music Competition in both 2005 and 2007. While living in Los Angeles, Mr. Morris studied with a variety of teachers, but spent most of his preparation studying cello performance with Roger Lebow of the Los Angeles Opera, Pomona Colleges, and Chapman University. In the summer of 2007, Toby attended the ENCORE School for Strings, studying with renowned Israeli cellist Zvi Plesser. He has worked with and studied with a variety of other great cellists and pedagogues including: Nathaniel Rosen, Sharon Robinson, David Krieger, Uri Vardi, and Jeffrey Solow. After graduating from High School, Mr. Morris studied with Raphael Wallfisch and Pablo Mahave-Veglia at the International Music Festival in Pilsen. In 2012 Toby completed his Bachelor’s degree at the Peabody Institute in cello performance under the tutelage of Mr. Alan Stepansky. Throughout the years, both in Los Angeles and Baltimore, Toby has taught a variety of students, and sees teaching as an integral part of his passions as a musician. Toby is currently working on his Master’s degrees in Performance and Pedagogy, while simultaneously studying towards an education certification. Toby is proud to play a Michael Fischer Mantagnana replica cello, made in Los Angeles in 1995.

Peter Kibbe (MD)
PeterKibbeCellist Peter Kibbe, son of Los Angeles, was born into a family of classical musicians and composers, and has studied with some of the finest teachers on both coasts of the US. Having worked as an orchestral, chamber, solo, freelance, teaching, recording, improvisatory and contemporary musician, Peter is comfortable with many playing styles and in varied, eclectic performance settings. Mr. Kibbe obtained a degree from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Alan Stepansky, former principal of the New York Philharmonic, and has had the privilege of working with many of today’s most respected performers and conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, Grant Gershon, Stevie Wonder and John Legend, to name a few. He has performed with numerous orchestras for capacity audiences across the United States and parts of Europe, including acclaimed concerts at Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Mr. Kibbe is currently a member of several ensembles in Baltimore, including The Lunar Ensemble, dedicated to new and cutting edge works, and specializing in Arnold Schoenberg’s masterwork “Pierrot Lunaire.” Recently Peter was hand selected to perform a complex contemporary cello concerto by composer Daniel Thomas Davis as soloist with the Peabody Camerata, and is always expanding his repertoire of 21st-century works. Peter plays on a 2004 Cremonese instrument made by Roberto Collini, and has two very handsome cats.

 

Jonathan Terry (MD)
Jonathan Terry, born and raised in Howard County Maryland, has been playing the cello since the age of 8. At age 14, he gave his first solo debut at Shenandoah Performing Art’s Camp (concerto competition winner), performing the first movement of Haydn’s C major cello concerto. While attending SPAC, he studied with Clyde Shaw, who is the faculty cellist and founding member of the Audubon String Quartet at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Throughout his high-school career, Jonathan performed with various extracurricular ensembles such as the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Howard County High School GT (Gifted and Talented) orchestra, and the Maryland All-State Orchestra. Jonathan has attended the prestigious Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Young Artists’ Orchestra), attending master classes held there given by famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma, faculty cellist of Rice University, Norman Fischer, and famous violinists Pinchas Zukerman, and Hilary Hahn. While at Boston University’s Tangelwood Institute, Jonathan worked under the conductors Paul Haas, and David Hoose. He also had the opportunity to see performances conducted by the prestigious conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and outstanding composer John Williams. Jonathan currently is currently attending the Peabody Institute to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in cello performance. At Peabody, Jonathan studies with former Associate Principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and artist faculty at Music Academy of the West, Alan Stepansky. Jonathan has performed with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra conducted and directed by Julien Benichou. Before attending Peabody, he studied with newly assigned principal cellist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Dariusz Skoraczewski and his wife Pei Lu (Artist Diploma at the Peabody Institute). Both Dariusz and Pei studied with renowned cellist Stephen Kates who won the second prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, 1966. Outside of private teaching and his regular studies, Jonathan regularly performs with the String Poets Quartet run by Radhames Santos. The String Poet Quartet perform at weddings, events, churches and private parties. Jonathan’s musical style varies from classical to pop making his cello playing versatile. He loves to make his private lessons enjoyable and exciting, while also being productive and knowledgeable about the instrument!