Neil F. Gilfillan

Cello Teacher

Neil Gilfillan

SAA Member


Plano, TX
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Cellist Neil Fong Gilfillan hails from Arlington, Texas, where he studied with Elizabeth Morrow at the University of Texas at Arlington and co-founded the cello rock group The 440 Alliance. 

Since earning his Master’s in Cello Performance minoring in Music Education at the University of North Texas under Nikola Ruzevic, he has held positions as an assistant orchestra director (Denton ISD), cello teacher (Suzuki Royal Oak), and performed on stage with groups such as the Las Colinas and Lansing Symphony Orchestras.

He continues to learn as a full-time teacher and performer, training in the Suzuki Method (with Tanya Carey and Andrea Yun) and creative string playing with jazz violinist Christian Howes.

Neil finds real joy in helping his students access the cello with ease and confidence, instructing classical and modern styles, both in the studio and through his content online on his YouTube channel.

With Rachel Samson on viola and violin, Neil co-founded Chili Dog Strings, the only music studio in Plano named after a dog. Their hub for communication online is on their Facebook page, so click here to see the what’s new!