Athita Kuankachorn

Instructor of Cello


My Background: I started playing piano at age six and cello at age eleven. Then, I grew my passion for cello from playing in the youth orchestras in my home country, Thailand. I received my bachelor of music from Rangsit University in Thailand, my MA degree from the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, Belgium, and I am currently doing my doctoral of art at the University of Northern Colorado, all in cello performance! I have been teaching cello and piano since 2012 in Thailand. I also taught cello private lessons and cello technique classes at the University of Northern Colorado as a Teaching Graduate Assistant. In addition to my love for classical music, I am also an ethnomusicologist and passionate about learning music from other cultures. I am a multi-instrumentalist playing Thai fiddles, Chinese Erhu, and Japanese Koto. I also enjoy arranging, composing, and creating cross-cultural music!


What I love about teachingI get to share with students everything I’ve been working on for my entire life! I love it when they enjoy, feel at ease, and confident while playing, and realize that they have the ability to express themselves and do things. At the same time, I always have the chance to learn from them, and they never cease to amaze me with their intellect and ingenuity!


One way I help my students succeed and flourishTo promote an optimal music experience for students, I see the significance of cultivating solid basic techniques, aural skills, music background knowledge, together with musicianship skills and musicality. Because everyone has various physiques, personalities, and cultural backgrounds, I would approach these aspects differently with each student. Still, the end goal is for them to have strong skills, be creative, and enjoy playing music.


Performance ExperienceFor over ten years, I have enjoyed performing and recording in a variety of genres and productions, including classical, musical, pop, rock, hip-hop, jazz, traditional, and contemporary music! I’m a principal cellist with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra for the season 21-22, and I’ve previously performed with the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. I was also thrilled to travel and perform at a diverse array of festivals, including the Thailand International Composition Festival, the Thailand International Jazz Conference, the Ghent Festival in Belgium, the Asia Cello Festival in South Korea, and the Greeley Multicultural Festival in Colorado!



Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

My Musical Influences: Schumann, Bill Evans, and Yo-Yo Ma

Favorite hobby or activity when not teaching or playing music: Gardening and painting

Favorite food: Something hot and spicy!

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