Anna Maria Seda
Anna Seda is a dedicated pedagog and performer. She holds a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from the University of Colorado, a Master of Music in cello from the Boston Conservatory, and has a certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy under the auspices of Carol Tarr and the University of Denver.
Anna studied with world class musicians including Sato Knudsen of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andras Fejer of the Takacs String Quartet, and Qin Li-Wei, Silver-medalist of the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition and was publicly featured in masterclasses with Steven Doane of Eastman School of Music, Jeffrey Zeigler of the Kronos Quartet, Thomas Landshoot of Arizona State University, and Darrett Adkins of Julliard. Notable chamber music mentors include Silvia Rosenburg of Julliard, Kurt Saussmannhaus, chair of strings at Cincinnatti College-Conservatory, all four members of the Takacs Quartet, virtuoso violinist Charlie Castleman, the Apple Hill String Quartet, the American String Quartet, and Triple Helix Piano Trio.
Anna won the 2012 cello apprenticeship with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in Southeast Asia and was the 2009 recipient of the University of Colorado at Boulder Aspen Music Festival Fellowship Award, allowing her to partake in the premier music festival in the world. In her previous life as a Boston cellist, Anna was the principal player of the MeroWest Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, Boston String Players, and Boston Chamber Orchestra.
Anna got her “big break” in Suzuki Pedagogy when she accepted the cello faculty position at the Qantu Association Cultural, a Suzuki philosophy music school in the Andean community of Cusco, Peru. During her tenure in Peru, Anna raised funds to support and expand the program, directed the orchestra, lead cello ensembles, group class, sectionals, and note-reading class. She was on faculty for the Festival Suzuki Peru in Lima, was a featured soloist at the Bienal de Violoncello, a bi-annual cello conference and concert extravaganza, debuted on the Schumann Concerto, and was later asked to fill in as an emergency soloist in a gala concert with the Cusco Symphony.
As a pedagog Anna has taught pre- twinkle to concerto repertoire to children as small as three and a half years old, autistic children, beginning adolescents, cello “converts” from other instruments, blind students, adult beginners, conservatory-bound teens, and professional symphony players.