Chelsea Bernstein

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East Carolina University

Cellist Chelsea Bernstein received a Bachelors degree in Cello Performance from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, SUNY, where she studied with Julia Lichten. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase, Ms. Bernstein earned a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of South Florida, where she was awarded the position of Graduate Cello Assistant under the tutelage of Scott Kluksdahl and Helga Winold. An endlessly inspired chamber musician, Ms. Bernstein spends her summers as a Teaching Assistant at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. There, she has participated in the prestigious Fellowship String Quartet, Winter Chamber Music Residency and Dirt Road Ensemble programs. Chelsea currently resides in eastern North Carolina, where she regularly performs with North Carolina Symphony. She has recently completed an Advanced Performance Certificate at East Carolina University, where she studied with Emanuel Gruber. Chelsea will begin a DMA program this fall at the University of Maryland’s School of Music studying with Eric Kutz.