Tara Atkinson

Cello Teacher

Tara Atkinson


South Pasadena, CA
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Tara Atkinson graduated from Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors Degree in cello performance. During her studies with Janet Anthony, she was awarded the opportunity to play with acclaimed faculty Wen-Lei Gu and Anthony Padilla for a live radio broadcast in Chicago. Growing up in LA, she started her cello studies at age seven with Rachael Lonergan. Tara has attended several institutes and summer festivals as a student, and now attends Suzuki institutes yearly for teacher training, as a committed life-long student. Her most influential teachers have been Pam Devenport, Amy Barston, and Tanya Carey.

Tara is an active performer, recording artist, and collaborator. She co-composed the documentary The Seer and The Unseen, is featured on the film Skin, and the TV show Easy. Tara is a RYT200 certified yoga teacher and uses her knowledge of the body to enhance her student’s ease and facility with the instrument. She is a member of the Suzuki of the Americas Association and the American String Teachers Association. She maintains a cello studio in South Pasadena, and makes soap and gardens in her spare time.