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Charlie Zandieh began his cello studies at age 4 in New York with Mr. Alex Croxton, and at age 10 was accepted to the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Program under the tutelage of Ms. Clara Kim.

He is a two-time winner of the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Cello Competition, a two-time finalist of the Juilliard School’s College Cello Competition, a two-time prize winner at the YoungArts Foundation, the second-prize winner of the Ensemble 212 Competition, and a two-time winner of the Adelphi Orchestra Competition, among others. He has also sat as the principal cellist of the Juilliard Orchestra and the Yale Philharmonia. 

Charlie has worked with many of the world’s leading musicians and artists, including Emanuel Ax, Gustavo Dudamel, David Finckel, Giancarlo Guerrero, Frans Helmerson, Manfred Honeck, Peter Oundjian, and David Robertson. He has also been a featured soloist with many orchestras, where he has performed concertos by composers such as Haydn, Kabalevsky, Lalo, and Schumann. 

This past year, Charlie graduated from The Juilliard School with his Bachelor's Degree and is now continuing his studies at Yale University, pursuing his Master's Degree with Paul Watkins of the Emerson String Quartet. 

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