Mr. John Kaboff

Cello Teacher

John Kaboff

SAA Member


Vienna, VA
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John Kaboff holds a Master of Music Degree and has studied extensively with Janos Starker at Indiana University as well as Jacqueline DuPre’s teacher, William Pleeth, at the International Holland Music Sessions in the Netherlands and at the Britten-Peers Summer School in England. In addition to serving as Mr. Pleeth’s teaching assistant, Mr. Kaboff studied at the International Academy of Chamber Music in Kronberg, Germany, with Arto Noras.

A resident of the Washington, D.C. area, Mr. Kaboff has performed as soloist locally at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The United States Department of State, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Embassies of Germany and New Zealand, The Church of the Epiphany, Dumbarton House and has been a repeat soloist with the JCC Symphony Orchestra and the Landon Symphonette. His concert appearance at Strathmore Hall in Rockville, MD was acclaimed by The Montgomery County Sentinel as “beguilingly lyrical” and in “top form” Internationally, he has performed as recital soloist in the Kleinezaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Cologne Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt Museum of Contemporary Art and The Adelaide Towne Hall.

Mr. Kaboff is a highly successful private teacher of pre-college age students who frequently garner prizes in numerous cello competitions. He and his students were invited to perform at the 2000 World Cello Congress III where they were featured in an internationally broadcast workshop with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Mr. Kaboff’s students, known as the BOW LIGHTLYS, also performed in a cello choir concert at the Sixth American Cello Congress (2001) as part or Mr. Kaboff’s appearance as a guest lecturer.

The BOW LIGHTLYs strive to benefit social causes and give to the community by performing for fundraisers and benefits for children. They recently performed at the Almas Schriner’s Temple in Washington DC and at concert to benefit the construction of a girls’ school in Senegal. In June 2011, they will appear at a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association at the Embassy of France. His former students currently attend highly competitive music schools such as the Curtis Institute, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Mannes College of Music with substantial merit scholarship.

Mr. Kaboff has completed Suzuki teacher training Books 1A-B, 2-6 and 9-10. He was invited by the Suzuki Association of Australia to conduct workshops, master classes and solo recitals and was also an Artist-in-Residence at the Flinders Street Conservatorium in Adelaide, Australia. He has conducted master classes and performed at the Purcell School of Music in London, England, Indiana University, Michigan State University, Longy School of Music in Boston, The Music Academy of North Carolina and the Universities of Tennessee and Rhode Island.

He was a featured artist at the 2010 Tennessee Cello Workshop. He has received accolades for his teaching by numerous world-class cellists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Janos Starker and has been the feature of numerous articles in such publications as the Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun. Mr. Kaboff is noted as a remarkable teacher in a biography of Yo-Yo Ma, Musicians with a Mission.