Bachelor in Cello Performance – University of Colorado
Master in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy – Cleveland Institute of Music

Cecelia Swanson is a 2021 graduate of the master’s in cello performance and Suzuki Pedagogy program at Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studies with Sharon Robinson. Cecelia received her B.M. in cello performance from Univ of Colorado, Boulder, under Judith Glyde. At CU Boulder, she helped form the Ethos String Quartet which played in venues in Boulder and Denver, Colorado. Notably, Ethos was invited to premiere Daniel Cox’s String Quartet No.1 at a pre-concert event for the Kronos Quartet. In her final year at CU Boulder, she worked with interim cello professor, Thomas Heinrich (Colorado Symphony).

In the fall of 2019, Cecelia formed the Elless Quartet with violinists Ju-Eun Lee and Megan Lin and violist Marcus Stevenson. In spring 2020, they were accepted into the Advanced String Quartet program and have since been coached by Si-Yan Lee, Philip Setzer, Todd Phillips, and Steve Rose, and participated in masterclasses with members of the Emerson, Orion String, Dover, and Miami Quartets. In March 2020, they took home the Grand Prize at the 7th Coltman Chamber Music Competition (Austin, TX) and were semifinalists in the 47th Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

Cecelia loves tendng to her house plants, hanging out with her cat, Bert, and playing videogames.