Cecilia Ham

Cello Faculty (Suzuki & Traditional)
Program Area: 
Suzuki Education
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Cecilia received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Illinois and her Master's Degree from Northwestern University.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Several of Ms. Ham's major teachers who also had a large influence on her music career include: Jonathon Pegis, Hans Jensen, Nell Novak, and Laurien Laufman.

Awards and achievements: 

Ms. Ham has received numerous awards and prizes over the years including the Thomas J. Smith Award, the Armstrong Award, and the Chicago Symphony-Northwestern Fellowship Award. She has also performed with Lake Forest Symphony, Elgin Symphony, and South Bend Symphony. In addition, Cecilia served as a principal cellist at Houston Music Festival, Arkansas Music Festival, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a member of Civic Orchestra of Chicago, she has performed with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Sir George Solti, Subin Metha, Chirstoph Eschenbach, and Pierre Boulez.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Cecilia has also participated in master classes with Luis Claret, Philippe Muller, Vermeer Quartet, Colorado Quartet, Ying Quartet, and Beauz Arts Trio. While most of her performances have been held in the United States, Ms. Ham has also performed in concert halls throughout Asia. Cecilia is a member of En Gedi Ensemble, Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), and serves as treasurer for the Society of American Musicians.