Cellist Theodore Buchholz has been lauded by The Arizona Daily Star as a “Virtuosic cellist,” The Post and Courier as an “Outstanding performer,” and The Charleston City Paper as a “Wonderful musician.” Debuting in New York’s Merkin Hall, he has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician at important venues including the Spoleto Festival USA, in San Francisco, New York, New Jersey, Phoenix, Portland, and as a faculty collaborative artist. Theodore served as a professional orchestral musician for ten years including positions as the Principal Cellist of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Associate Principal Cellist of the Stockton Symphony, and a core member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated in chamber performances with members of the Audubon, Escher, and New World Quartets, and with members of the Cleveland, Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota, New World, San Francisco, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras.
Dr. Buchholz studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Arizona. His principal teachers include Nathaniel Rosen, Bonnie Hampton, Sadao Harada (Tokyo String Quartet), and Robert Jesselson.
Dr. Buchholz’s research accomplishments include publications in American String Teacher, the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, and annual presentations at the ASTA national conferences. His 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.
As a leader in music education, Theodore Buchholz regularly appears as a guest artist, teacher, and clinician in Arizona and across the country. Theodore was on faculty at Pima College for four years. He currently serves as President of the American String Teachers Association of Arizona, is the Director of the Tucson Cello Congress, and is Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Arizona.
When did you start playing the cello? I started at the age of 13.
Why did you choose your instrument? We had a cello in the house.
Are you from a musical family? My parents encouraged my siblings to all play an instrument, though I am the only one that stuck with it.
Do you play any other instruments? I play piano poorly!
What advice would you give to kids learning to play your instrument? Find a teacher that can enable you to develop with the instrument and then keep a regular scheduled practice time.
When did you know you wanted to be a musician? I knew I wanted to be a cellist by the time I was 15.
What's the best part about being a musician? It can be such a varied career. I mean that as performers we are exposed to a varied repertoire of music, from music of the 16th century to contemporary music. But we also have variety in that many of us teach and reach out into the community in other ways.
If you could play a different instrument, what would it be? Trombone... their parts contain a lot less notes than a string player's.
Favorite composers? Brahms and Schubert
What might your career be if you hadn’t chosen to be a musician? I think I would have liked to go into business.
Hobbies? I enjoy downhill skiing and in the summers I try to paint a little.
Hometown? Columbia, SC
What is your favorite movie? I wish David Sedaris would script a movie.
Desert island must haves? My tuner and my metronome