Colin is a professional cellist in the Austin area and hails from Chicago. Colin holds a B.A in cello performance from Michigan State University, and an M.M in cello performance from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra, and performs regularly in the Austin Symphony. He is the cellist of the Anderson Piano quintet, and regularly performs in Europe. Colin has taught at Valparaiso University in Indiana, and currently teaches cello students of all ages and levels in Austin at Blackerby Violin Shop.
What I like about playing in weddings
“There are so many breathtaking venues in the Austin area, it is great to see them. Most importantly is the excitement I see in the bride and groom. Regardless of age, the love and excitement that each other has when reciting their vows, to spend the rest of their lives with each other, is endearing.”
My most memorable performance
“The most memorable musical experience I’ve been in was in thanks to the horrible weather. The venue is this beautiful outdoor wooden shell that is at the bottom of this grassy hill. The patrons bring lawn chairs and have a perfect view of the stage. We were performing with Austin’s own pianist Anton Nel. Just as he was to go onstage, the heavens opened up and it poured rain and lightning streaked across the sky.
The audience was forced to take shelter on the stage. It was cramped! We decided to give the concert a go. So with 80 musicians, soloist and over 100 patrons on stage we gave the most heartfelt, sincere and energetic concert I’ve ever been a part of. It is one thing to give a concert for an audience who is sitting 50 feet away, but it’s magical to play for an audience that is sitting next to you and behind you. The audience could feel and see up close our energy, our breathing and the physical effort it took for us to execute the music, and we wanted to give them more and more. It was such a magical musical bonding experience I’ll never forget.”