Classical Music

Student Spotlight: Scott Cuellar

Concerto competition winner Scott Cuellar discusses playing imaginary guitars, pursuing his academic ambitions, and working with the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra.

Scott Cuellar
Scott Cuellar

Pianist Scott Cuellar has been around the block. With two (soon to be three) performance degrees and myriad awards from competitions, there’s no doubt that Scott “gets” music. It’s evident in the way he describes the Rachmaninoff Concerto he’ll be performing this upcoming Friday: “All these melodies,” he says with a smile, “Well, they’re just soaring.” It’s clear too, though, in his thirst to know more about the music he loves; of one of his school projects he says, “I wanted to keep reading! I wanted to keep learning.” That love was apparent early on – Scott describes how a teacher described him as “disruptive” for playing imaginary instruments during class. This Friday, though, he’ll be performing on a real piano with a real orchestra behind him. 

Check out the full interview above, as well as a special performance of Liszt’s “Widmung,” after Schumann. 

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