Mr. Christopher Fiore

Cello Teacher

Christopher Fiore

SAA Member


Rockville, MD
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Christopher Fiore began studying the cello at the age of four with his parents, both of whom are established Suzuki teachers and performers in the Philadelphia area.

He spent two years at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, and later transferred to the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance with former Cleveland Orchestra Principal Stephen Geber.

After graduating from CIM, he went on to the DePaul School of Music in Chicago, Illinois, to obtain a Masters Degree with former CSO Assistant Principal Stephen Balderston, as well as a Performance Certificate with current CSO member Brant Taylor.

Throughout his high school and college years, Christopher was also fortunate enough to study with world-renowned Suzuki Teacher Trainers Pam Devenport, Nancy Hair, and Tanya Carey.

While completing his Masters Degree, he studied with Tanya Carey to complete his training in all ten Suzuki Books, as well as finishing a Teaching Practicum course, where his teaching was evaluated over a semester of private instruction. During this time he also took pedagogy courses with both David Evenchick, and Susan Gagnon. Just recently he completed Revisiting Book 1 with Sally Gross.

Christopher has been teaching for over 14 years, and has helped to build numerous cello programs, including working with Michele George and Diane Sloane at East Cleveland Rainbow Suzuki Strings, in East Cleveland, Ohio, and the DePaul Community Music Division in Chicago, Illinois. He has also been the Cello Director at both the Oak Park String Academy in Oak Park, Illinois, and the Merit School of Music in Chicago, Illinois.

As well as teaching privately, he spends his summers traveling to various Suzuki Institutes within the United States, and in the past has been invited to teach in locations such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, and Costa Rica.

He is also an active performer, playing with various orchestras in the D.C., Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Greater Philadelphia areas.