Renata Bratt, cellist and clinician
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Cellist Renata Bratt tours with Reel of Seven, New Almaden Trio and rocker Cindy Lee Berryhill, performs weekly in a church jazz and gospel band, teaches cello, chamber music (including small combos) and beginning string orchestra in Santa Cruz, California. She is a founding member of the ASTA Eclectic Styles Advisory Committee. Since 2012, she has been the Kuumbwa Jazz Artist in the Schools. She has written a Cello Method and cello tune books for Mel Bay as well as jazz, fiddle and rock string compositions and arrangements for Alfred Publishing and String Letter Publishing.


Renata served on the Ensembles subcommittee of NAfME's new National Standards for the Arts (Core curriculum), ASTA's Eclectic strings committee and on the National Board of Directors for ASTA. She also has served as president of the Suzuki Music Association of California.


With a thriving career in classical music performing with symphony orchestras and chamber music groups (with her pianist Santos Cota she was an invited soloist for the Spanish Embassy in Rome), she turned to jazz, fiddling and bluegrass music after a mind-expanding concert by the Turtle Island String Quartet in the late eighties.


Her articles on a variety of non-classical string performance have been published in Strings magazine, the Journal of the American String Teacher, the American Suzuki Journal and the Jazz Education Journal. According to original music ethnological research by Ph.D. candidate Laura Risk, she is the second cellist in the world to learn how to “chop” – after cellist Mark Summer of the Turtle Island String Quartet. Both cellists learned from Darol Anger, who learned from the originator of this string sound, Richard Greene.


She has taught classical styles, jazz improvisation and fiddling at international string workshops and clinics for children and adults including the Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddling in New Zealand, Alasdair Fraser’s camps, the Scottish Fiddle Club of Melbourne, Australia, the Mark O'Connor String Conference, the Mandolin Symposium, Wintergrass, the National Cello Institute, the Mancini Institute, ASTA, MENC and Suzuki institutes and conferences. Renata has performed with luminaries such as Liz Carroll and John Doyle, Darol Anger and Alasdair Fraser and played back-up with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, David Sanborn, Lyle Lovett, and Dionne Warwick. Rolling Stone dubbed her an "ace performer" for her work recording and touring with alternative rocker Cindy Lee Berryhill's Garage Orchestra.


She received her Ph.D. in Music from the University of California at San Diego, a Master’s degree in Music Performance from California State University at Northridge, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College and is a past president of the International Association for Jazz Education String Caucus. Her original CDs, “A Slice of Summer,” “Great Big Taters” and “Jazz Trio 2006” are available through CD Baby.


Ph.D. in Music, University of California, San Diego
dissertation: A Study of String Practice in Selected Large Orchestral Works of Igor Stravinsky
Principal artist teacher—Daniel Rothmuller

M.A. in Music Performance (cello), California State University, Northridge
Principal artist teacher—Peter Rejto

B.A. in Music, Pomona College
Principal artist teacher—Gabor Rejto

String Jazz Coaches: David Baker, David Balakrishnan, Matt Glaser, David Hollender, Evan Price, Mark Summer

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