Ed Harper is a professional cellist, conductor, composer and arranger from the UK. Ed holds a Bachelor of Music Degree with first class honours from the University of Sheffield. During his time at Sheffield, he was principal cellist of the University Symphony, Chamber, String and Baroque orchestras. Ed studied with French/Catalan cellist Marie Bitlloch, currently of the Elias String Quartet and formerly of Ensemble 360, and went on to win the Mrs Stewart Blake Prize for best undergraduate final recital.
After completing his undergraduate studies, Ed moved to Manchester to complete a Master of Music Degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. Whilst at the RNCM he was Principal Cellist of the Concert, Opera and Brand New Orchestras respectively, and had the opportunity to work with such esteemed conductors as Clark Rundell and Matthew Coorey.
In 2013 Ed moved to Singapore to teach music in an International School, helping to develop the strings and orchestral programs, and founded an after-school Suzuki strings program for students aged 5-7. He has subsequently gained registration as a Suzuki Cello Teacher from the Chicago and Austin Suzuki Institutes, and become a lifetime member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. During his time in Singapore, he also performed with the Orchestra of the Music Makers under Professor Chan Tze Law at the Esplanade Concert Hall.
Ed now lives in Houston, Texas where he maintains a private cello and theory studio and is currently studying for his DMA in Cello Performance at the University of Houston. He is currently accepting new students
Katherine Sullivan is a professional violinist and educator originally from New York and now based in Houston. She started playing the violin at age 4 and went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music pre-college division. She completed a Bachelor of Music degree at DePaul University School of Music in Chicago where she studied with esteemed violinist Ilya Kaler, the only violinist to have won the Tchaikovsky, Paganini, and Sibelius Violin Competitions.
In 2011, Katherine moved to the UK to earn her Master of Performance degree in Orchestral Performance from the Royal College of Music in London. Whilst there she studied with Yossi Zivoni and Gabrielle Lester, and had the opportunity to work with such esteemed conductors as Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Jurowski and Ilyich Rivas. Katherine also developed her passion for education and outreach by becoming an active member of the RCM Junior Sparks program as well as the Tri-borough Music Hub of central London.
In 2013, Katherine had the opportunity to combine her passion for music education with her love of travel by taking a position as a Music Teacher at an International School in Singapore. Here she specialized in early years education and established a comprehensive Suzuki Strings program for students from KG2-Grade 1. She also founded Elementary and Secondary Strings orchestras, arranging music for both ensembles and conducting them in performances and showcases. Katherine became a certified International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) Instructor and in 2014, her contribution to the music program was recognized in her promotion to Interim Head of Music. She is particularly proud of her close work with the Occupational Therapy department to develop and introduce innovative new techniques for improving fine and gross motor skills in young students, utilizing whole-class violin instruction as a platform for early intervention. This formed the basis of her research when Katherine went on to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Nottingham.
The philosophy of the Suzuki method, centered on positive education and inclusivity, forms the basis of Katherine’s teaching methodology. Combined with her experience delivering the IB PYP, Katherine prides herself on her ability to adapt her instructional approach to meet the needs of the individual.
Katherine has lived in Houston since 2016 where she maintains a private studio and teaches in Houston Youth Symphony’s Coda Program.