"Anyone who studies an instrument learns about the value of work, self- discipline, imagination and the gift of sharing beauty with others. I feel that with a solid technical foundation and the right musical direction anyone can develop their skills for as long as they are in the process."
Cellist Tomas Ulrich is originally from Columbus Ohio and grew up in Connecticut. He moved to New York City to study for his Masters Degree at the Manhattan School of Music.
Tomas started to play the cello at the age of eight. An early musical experience had a great influence on his life and explains why he chose the cello. “My parents took us to concerts all the time and one evening we were lucky enough to attend a concert at Woolsey Hall in New Haven, Connecticut, where cellist Mstislav Rostropovich was the soloist. This was truly a life changing experience for me. I am still in awe of his beautiful sound and astounding technical facility”.
Tomas enjoys a wide range of musical styles. “My favorite classical composers are Haydn, Brahms, Bach and Shostakovich. Having said that, I have always been interested in a wide range of music. I was lucky enough to grow up in a house surrounded by classical music, but I was always interested in other types of music as well. I remember being astounded when I first heard the music of Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, the Beatles, Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus and John Coltrane. I realized that for me, all these different types of expression opened up different parts of oneself. So long story short, I agree with Duke Ellington "there are only two kinds of music, good and bad and you get to decide”.
Tomas is a highly experienced teacher and has a philosophy that incorporates hard work and inspiration. “I am a firm believer that every person who studies an instrument (even for a short period of time) has improved the quality of their life and the lives of the other people that they come into contact with in their daily lives. Anyone who studies an instrument learns about the value of work, self- discipline, imagination and the gift of sharing beauty with others. I feel that with a solid technical foundation and the right musical direction anyone can develop their skills for as long as they are in the process. Every student has their own way of viewing the world and their own learning curve. It is up to the teacher to guide the student and hopefully inspire their musical development”.
In addition to all his musical pursuits, Tomas also enjoys dance, theater, art museums, and film.