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At 21 years old, cellist Atticus Mellor-Goldman has performed at concert venues around the world and has been featured on the leading American radio shows National Public Radio’s “From the Top” and American Public Media’s “Performance Today.” In 2015, his string quartet from Los Angeles was awarded the Gold Medal Prize of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition’s junior division. In 2014, he was selected as one of two musicians to act as a “cultural ambassador” for New York University Abu Dhabi.
Mellor-Goldman was born in Los Angeles, but calls New York home. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings in Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music. He is the recipient of a full-tuition, Presidential Scholarship and studies with distinguished faculty Julie Albers and Richard Aaron. Additionally, he is a past winner of Townsend School of Music’s concerto competition.
Mellor-Goldman played for two seasons with Los Angeles’ American Youth Symphony, recognized as one of the world’s leading youth orchestras, and he has performed in halls around the world including the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Culture, Royce Hall, and Carnegie Hall. He has benefitted from a rich teaching experience including masterclasses with internationally renowned artists David Finckel, Clive Greensmith, Paul Watkins, Vivian Weilerstein, Edward Arron, Paul Coletti, Schmuel Ashkenasi, Natasha Brofsky, Timothy Eddy, Anne Marie McDermott, Brinton Smith, Joel Smirnoff, and Wu Han. He has also been privileged to performed alongside distinguished artists Osmo Vänskä, Erin Keefe, Ivano Zaneghi, Amy Moretti, Rebecca Albers, Edgar Meyer, Annie Fullard, and Robert McDuffie. His chamber music and orchestral experience includes the prominent summer festivals of Kneisel Hall, Rome Chamber Music Festival, Moritzburg Festival Academy, Sarasota Music Festival, YellowBarn Young Artists Program and the Bowdoin International Music Festival Fellowship Program.
Atticus is a 2018 Festival alumnus.