BM University of Cincinnati, MM University of Kentucky,
DMA University of Wisconsin-Madison
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Andrea Kleesattel began her cello studies at the age of 6 with Ellen Shertzer through a Suzuki program at the Schiel Primary School for Arts Enrichment. She continued her interest in music at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts studying with Norman Johns, a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and upon graduation enrolled at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, studying with former LaSalle Quartet cellist, Lee Fiser.
She followed her deep love of string quartet playing and accepted a position with the University of Kentucky's Niles Graduate String Quartet, where she studied with Benjamin Karp and earned her Masters degree. With the Niles Quartet she attended the Chamber Music Residency at the Banff Centre, the Juilliard Quartet Seminar, won the MacCauley Chamber Music Competition, and played with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. During this time she also won the University of Kentucky's Concerto Competition, playing the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.
Following her time in Kentucky, she accepted a position with the Hunt Graduate String Quartet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she pursued her doctorate and studied with Uri Vardi. Her doctoral thesis Application of Somatic Practices to Cello Playing and Pedagogy offers ways to use mind-body practices to assist cellists in their technique and musicality. During her time in Madison, she also founded and directed a chamber music organization and played in the Madison Symphony Orchestra.
After completing her doctorate, Dr. Kleesattel moved to Takarazuka, Japan to play in the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra. During this time she played many orchestral concerts, as well as chamber music with some of the world's finest musicians. As a member of the Kaleidoscope Quartet, she participated in masterclasses with the Japan String Quartet, and performed in Phoenix Hall in Osaka. As a member of the orchestral committee she worked to create a new chamber music concert series for the orchestra.
Dr. Andrea Kleesattel currently teaches and plays cello in New York City. She is on faculty at the Lucy Moses School and Opportunity Music Project, and maintains a private home studio.