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Rajan Kapoor

Traditional Cello

HCD Music

Hartt Community Division
F 19

Cellist Rajan Kapoor is an avid solo and chamber musician who has performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe.He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford as a student of Professor Mihai Tetel. Previously he served as a String Quartet Fellow and Teaching Assistant to Professor Edward Arron at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Primary instruction has included studies with professors Marion Feldman at New York University and Miroslav Petras of the Academy of Music in Prague, Czech Republic. 

Kapoor has served as principal cellist of the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, Opus One String Orchestra, Brevard Sinfonia, UMass Symphony Orchestra, and NYU Opera Orchestra. Additionally, he has performed with the Opera Company of Middlebury, Vermont, and Loft Opera in Brooklyn, New York. Rajan has served as a fellow with the Texas and Manchester Music Festivals and is currently serving as an orchestral fellow with the Stamford Symphony. 

Kapoor recently received 1st Prize in the 2018 Grand Junction Symphony Young Artist Competition which culminated in performances of the Elgar Cello Concerto with the orchestra, under the baton of Charles Latshaw, in the fall of that year. He was also recently awarded 1st Prize in the 2018 Connecticut Bach Festival Competition. Kapoor has gained additional recognition in the Hellam and Mondavi Young Artist Competitions and plays on an 1855 Goldmann cello generously loaned to him by the Carlsen Cello Foundation. 

As an educator, Kapoor teaches with The Hartt School Community Division as well as the Worcester Chamber Music Society, where he works with students in underserved communities through the Neighborhood Strings program. He is currently a Music Educator and Teaching Artist (META) fellow, a program launched by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) to help teaching artists improve the quality of their work with youth in schools and community settings across Massachusetts. Previously, he taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Clark University. 

In 2017, Kapoor co-founded the non-profit organization An die Musik NYC and currently serves as its assistant director. AdM NYC is a year-long concert series bringing the people of New York City high-quality classical music at very affordable prices. Now in its second season, it will present internationally renowned performers alongside many rising talents from the NYC community.