Theodore Buchholz

Theodore Buchholz
Photo credit: Kate Breakey

Cellist Theodore Buchholz has been lauded by newspaper critics as a “Virtuosic cellist,” an “Outstanding performer,” and a “Wonderful musician.” Debuting in New York’s Merkin Hall, he recently performed as recitalist and chamber musician in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Tokyo, Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Utah, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wyoming, and as a faculty collaborative artist. Buchholz is the cellist of the Deco Piano Trio. This season he will tour the recently commissioned concerto The High Songs for Amplified Cello and Chamber Winds by Carter Pann.

Buchholz’s recording of the Hans Winterberg Cello Sonata will be released under the Toccata label in 2018, and he is a member of True Concord whose CD recording won a 2016 Grammy Award. Theodore served as a professional orchestral musician for ten years, and has collaborated in chamber performances with members of the world’s leading ensembles. He performs on an outstanding cello made in 1877 by French luthier Charles Mennégand.

Dr. Buchholz studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. His principal teachers include Nathaniel Rosen, Bonnie Hampton, Robert Jesselson, and Sadao Harada of the Tokyo String Quartet.

As a nationally recognized researcher, Dr. Buchholz serves as the Cello Forum Editor for the award-winning journal American String Teacher. Dr. Buchholz’s research accomplishments include publications in the Journal of Historical Research in Music EducationAmerican String Teacher, and frequent presentations at national conferences. His current research is focused on historical cello treatises, and he edited the technique book Exercises and Etudes for Elegance of Sound and Form in Cello Playing.

A fervent believer in the power of music education to transform lives and communities, Dr. Buchholz launched the UA String Project in 2015. This program employs ten university music majors and offers private lessons and ensemble rehearsals to 80 K-12 students. Through the endowment of a generous donor, this program offers free private lessons to community students who might otherwise have no exposure to music education.

As a leader in music education, Theodore Buchholz regularly appears as a guest artist/teacher in leading conservatories and universities. Dr. Buchholz is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He serves as a member of the ASTA Collegiate Committee and he is the Past-President of the American String Teachers Association of Arizona. Dr. Buchholz is the Director of the Tucson Cello Congress which annually brings 100 cellists to the UA for a weekend of concerts and master classes.

During the summers he performs and teaches at the prestigious Killington Music Festival in Vermont. More information is at