Artist Background

Photo: Dan Smigrod

Born in Israel, Roy Harran began playing cello at the age of seven with Dr. David Sella and later with Prof. Uzi Wiesel. Roy is the son of the late Prof. Don Harrán, world-renowned musicologist, and Aya, a retired music therapist. After three years of military service as Outstanding Musician, playing in the Israel Defense Forces String Quartet, Roy studied at the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University (B.Mus. magna cum laude). He received his M.Mus. at the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Paul Katz and Steven Doane.

Roy, who also goes by Roee, is an avid chamber musician. He was a member of the Rochester Piano Quartet, the Avanti Trio, and played with the Vanbrugh Quartet and others. He also has performed with the Tanglewood Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival and others.

Roy has played solo recitals and appeared as a soloist in Israel, Europe, the U.S. and Canada. He has participated in various orchestras, including the Orchestre Mondial des Jeunesses Musicales and the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée.

After several years as principal cellist in the New World Symphony, Roy became a member of the Savannah Symphony before joining the faculty of Radford University and the Renaissance Music Academy in Va. Currently, Roy is freelancing in Atlanta and playing regularly with the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Ballet, Fringe Atlanta and the Highland Music Festival. He has been a faculty member at Agnes Scott College and currently serves on the Emory University faculty. Roy resides in Decatur, Ga., with his wife, Kelli, and teaches privately from his home.