Francisco Garay

Cello Teacher

Francisco Garay


Katy, TX
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Austrian born Venezuelan-American cellist, Francisco Garay, began his musical studies at the age of eleven in Houston. A recipient of the Hirsch Scholarship Endowment, he received his Bachelor of Music in cello performance from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where he studied with associate principal cellist of the Houston Symphony, Anthony Kitai.

Mr. Garay has established himself as a cello teacher in Greater Houston, and has served as a region judge and clinician. He is the first director of the Katy Youth Symphony’s cello choir and works for the Houston Youth Symphony’s Coda program inspired by the El Sistema. His students regularly receive recognition at the Solo and Ensemble Contest, have participated in the region orchestras, and are frequently part of their school’s highest-level ensemble.

He has a substantially diverse musical upbringing, having performed in the United States, Venezuela, France, and Austria. His pre-college education consists of being a part of the Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Cornelia Watkins. At the time he was also a member of Virtuosi of Houston and the Houston Youth Symphony orchestras.

In the past he has been under the baton of Grammy-Award winning conductors, including Hans Graf, Christian Mărcelaru, and JoAnn Faletta. He has also participated in the Texas Music Festival, Interlochen Summer Music Festival, ARIA International Summer Music Academy, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and Sewanee Summer Music Festival.