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Beatriz M.

Beatriz M.

Born in Spain 1998, started cello/violin lessons at the age of 8 at the regional Conservatory of her hometown in Galicia. She continued her music studies at the “Conservatorio Superior de A Coruna”, where she got her Bachelor in Cello Performance under the guidance of Dr. Carolina Landriscini (graduate from Indiana University with Janos Starker as her teacher).

She continued her studies pursuing a Professional Studies Diploma in Cello Performance at the “Mannes School of Music” with Professor and head of cello section of Met Opera Orchestra, Rafael Figueroa. She graduated succesfully in 2023.

Beatriz has attended seminars with prominent cello teachers Asier Polo, Aldo Mata, Fernando Arias, Sung Wong Yang, Bong Shing Ko, Yehuda Hanani, Matt Haimovitz and Fred Sherry. She has also attended masterclasses with violinists Ara Malikian and Vasko Vassilev and played with them in concerts.

She has taken several chamber music and baroque music courses and has been an active member of orchestras since the age of 12 when she got admitted to the Children’s Symphony Orchestra of Galicia, upgrading later to the Young Symphony Orchestra of Galicia. She’s also been a member of Gaos Orchestra, Promópera Orchestra and Mannes Orchestra.

Apart from the classical environment in which she has been trained, collaborates in many jazz, pop, rock and experimental projects at school and outside school and has premiered many new compositions by Mannes composition students and other American composers.

Teaching Philosophy:

With over 5 years of experience in the teaching field, she has worked with people all ages, as young as 4 year old.

She is an enthusiastic and patient teacher that loves seeing her students enjoying cello/violin and music as much as she does. To achieve this she adapts to the student’s necessities and makes them feel comfortable no matter their age or level of expertise, always letting her students be driven by curiosity.
She uses a mix of Suzuki method, musical games and her own teaching philosophy, especially with the younger ones.

Aliya U.

Aliya U.

ALIYA holds a Master of Music in Composition from Wesleyan University and a Bachelor of Music in Cello and Composition from Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

She is a composer-improviser, cellist-vocalist, and video artist from Brooklyn, NY. Growing up homeless with her mother and sister, Aliya entered music as a means of escape and emergence from severe poverty. At thirteen years old, Aliya wrote and performed music with members of the New York Philharmonic in Alice Tully Hall later to become a From the Top, Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist. As music and the cello continue to serve Aliya as a vehicle for change, her approach to the instrument and composition continues to evolve resulting in works that defy genre.

Most recently Aliya completed a film titled RESIDUUM premiered this year at Roulette Intermedium featuring Dutch cellist Katinka Kleijn playing the cello while wearing several tons of plastic bottles and cans. Another recent work is a performance piece titled DOWN involving the destruction and burial of a 1920’s German cello, calling into question the many connotations the instrument bears such as class, tradition, expectation, and access.

As a classically trained musician turned free improviser, Aliya’s sound is particularly unique as it presents contrasting styles, ideas, and approaches to the instrument resulting in a kind of maximalist minimalism, energy-based music. Her playing reads as both playful and cathartic through her physicality and use of preparations such as fishing line, chains, glass, aluminum, dominoes, plants, and more. In the last two years, Aliya has been a highly active performer playing in all but a few of New York’s historic venues with ensembles such as the International Contemporary Music Ensemble and musicians such as Calvin Weston, Anthony Coleman, David Behrman, Yasunao Tone, Tyshawn Sorey, Douglas Ewart, and Aaron Dilloway among others. Aliya currently performs in Hadestown on broadway and is a core member of Yoshiko Chuma’s School of Hard Knocks. In addition, Aliya leads three of her own projects involving musicians from a wide range of scenes across Brooklyn and Queens. Aliya will be releasing her debut solo album this summer, another record titled Beasts Everywhere with GNR8RZ (Simon Hanes, Anthony Coleman, and Calvin Weston), as well as an EP with her septet called SEVEN.​


“Willan Academy has been a game changer for our family. The in-home cello lessons have made it so convenient for my kids to pursue their passion for music without adding extra stress to our busy schedule. The teachers are highly skilled and know how to keep the lessons engaging for the kids. I couldn’t be happier with the progress my children have made.”

Emily W.


“I highly recommend Willan Academy for anyone looking for cello lessons for their children. The in-home lessons have made it so convenient for us, and the teachers are fantastic at keeping our kids motivated and excited about learning music. The progress they’ve made in such a short time is truly impressive.”

Jason L.


“Willan Academy’s in-home cello lessons have been a lifesaver for our family. The convenience of having the lessons come to us has made it so much easier to fit music into our children’s lives. The teachers are not only skilled musicians but also great with kids, making the lessons both educational and fun. I’m so glad we found Willan Academy.”

Sarah M.

Top-Rated Cello Lessons in NYC:

(In-home sessions are available in NYC, including Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.)

*Celllo classes NYC are available for Children and Adults of all ages and skill levels


Our cello classes provide students individual cello instruction with one of our school’s faculty members and customize to the specific goals, needs and aspirations of each student regardless of experience or age. At Willan Academy of Music, we provide free consultation to identify and tailor to your specific needs. Private student can participate in a variety of performance opportunities. We offer sessions for children (ages 4+) and adults. The classes for kids are 30, 45 or 60 minutes.


We understand the difficulties involved in mastering cello; therefore, we ensure that each student is taught with care and given enough time to learn and grasp each skill. This is a place for students to progressively develop their musical skills over a course of time. Talent over time we like to call it!


Registration for cello lessons is open year-round. Lessons for other instruments Manhattan and Brooklyn can start at any time during the school year. For any questions, contact us at 646-838-3990 or email

Trial cello lessons are also available.

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