I wrote a book! :) "Contemporary Cello Etudes" is released by Berklee Press

This etude book features a groundbreaking collection of 28 Non-Classical cello etudes, composed by 13 contributors, from a range of stylistic backgrounds, available HERE!

Progressively ordered from Beginner to Advanced, all 28 published etudes come with the following:

  1. Background Text on the style/technique

  2. Tips on how to practice it and master your performance

  3. Online reference recordings played by the composers (You can access these with a code that comes with the book)

  4. A list of “Ideas for Further Practice” (We hope that each etude is just a jumping off point for your own creative journey!)

You can watch an informational video from our initial fundraising campaign HERE!

LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS: Ashley Bathgate (member of Bang on a Can All-Stars), Stephan Braun (jazz cellist from Berlin), Rushad Eggleston (rhythm goblin from the Land of Sneth), Rufus Cappadocia (African cello specialist), Erik Friedlander (modern jazz cellist with John Zorn’s Masada Trio), Eugene Friesen (GRAMMY-winning multi-style cellist), Natalie Haas (Celtic cellist with Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser), Giovanni Sollima (cellist/composer from Italy), Mark Summer (GRAMMY-winning founder of Turtle Island Quartet), Jacob Szekely (jazz cellist and educator at String Project Los Angeles), Matt Turner (jazz cellist and educator at Lawrence University), Jeffrey Zeigler (former member of the Kronos Quartet), Mike Block (GRAMMY-winning member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble)

Mike Block