I feel privileged to have studied with some outstanding cellists from an early age and enjoy sharing the legacy of their gifts to me with my students. My first teacher, Dr. David “Dudu” Sella, was a father figure to me. Dudu taught me the value of connecting with music. He was my greatest inspiration and made me the cellist and classical musician I am today. When you play, it has to be convincing. I am somewhat unconventional in the value I place on this quality. I encourage my students to be genuine and real in their expression. If you imitate another cellist, it will not come across if you are not personally and emotionally engaged with the music.
Eventually, Dudu passed me on to his teacher, Prof. Uzi Wiesel, who studied with cello greats Pablo Casals and Bernard Greenhouse. Through him, I gained a better understanding of technical aspects of playing, enhancing sound production and projecting.
“Roy has an excellent grasp of the fundamental principles of string playing and is quite adept at explaining it to various levels of students,” said a former colleague, describing my teaching method. “He insists on students having a firm foundation all the while instilling a good sense of musical artistry. He is careful not to assign music beyond the grasp of the student while still providing challenging repertoire, a difficult pedagogical task in dealing with younger students. I admire his disciplined and nurturing approach to teaching.”
My teaching style involves a combination of warmth, sensitivity and humor as well as cajoling and encouragement. I enjoy sharing my passion for performance with students of all levels and ages and developing their musical ability to express themselves technically and stylistically to their potential. I teach cello lessons privately, lead workshops, offer masterclasses, and have served on the faculty of Radford University, Agnes Scott College and currently at Emory University.