A native of Seattle, Washington, cellist Richard Evans enjoys a varied career of orchestral playing, chamber music collaboration, and private teaching. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Washington, his Master of Music in Cello performance from Boston University, and has completed all Suzuki teacher training at the Suzuki Institutes of Chicago, the American Suzuki Institute, and Ithaca College Suzuki Institute. His advanced cello performance training was with professionals in direct lineage of Leonard Rose, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Pablo Casals.
A dedicated pedagogue, Richard holds over 20 years of experience teaching cello, music theory, and chamber music to students from age 4 to adults. He has been active in working with students in the youth orchestras of Elgin, Rockford, Wisconsin, and Boston. Richard’s private students have won top prizes in the Rockford Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, have consistently placed in ILMEA orchestras, and have received full university scholarships in music performance.
As a performer, Richard plays regularly with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared in other ensembles including the Chicago West Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and Madison Symphony Orchestra. He has performed concertos with the Rock Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Evergreen Philharmonic, and has also given recitals across the region as soloist, with his trio, the Jane Addams Piano Trio, with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, and with the Chicago Cello Duo, an ensemble he founded with his wife, cellist Sara Sitzer.