The School's cellists all receive two hours of tuition per week from their principal teacher, as well as participating in a class lesson and receiving a further hour from the assistant teacher.
Matthijs Broersma - Principal Teacher
Matthijs Broersma was born in Holland and began playing the cello at the age of four. After studying at The Yehudi Menuhin School with Louise Hopkins and Leonid Gorokhov, he continued his studies at the GSMD and the Hochschule der Künste, Bern. He received scholarships and awards from the VandenEnde Foundation, Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, The MBF and the Lyra Foundation and in2010 he won 1st prize in the Kenneth Page Cello Competition. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed extensively worldwide, in venues such as the Concertgebouw and the Wigmore Hall. Recent highlights include a performance of the Elgar Concerto conducted by Christopher Warren-Green, and solo recitals at the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room and the Menuhin Hall.
Matthijs is also the cellist of the Gémeaux Quartet, a firmly established international prize winning Swiss quartet. Recently the quartet was guest at festivals in Germany, Austria and Sweden, performed in Hong Kong with clarinettist Paul Meyer, at Kings Place in London, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Philharmonie in Köln and at the World EconomicForum in Davos. Currently the Quartet leads an undergraduate course for string quartets at the Hochschule für Musik, Basel.
Alexander Chaushian - Principal Teacher
Alexander Chaushian performs regularly at venues such as the Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Konzerthaus Vienna, Suntory Hall Japan, as well as Carnegie Hall in New York, and Symphony Hall in Boston. Recent recital and chamber music dates include concerts at the Kammermusiksaal of the Berlin Philharmonie, Sala Verdi in Milan, Theatre de la Ville in Paris, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, and various performances throughout China and South Korea.
Concerto appearances have included concerts with the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the Boston Pops. He also works regularly with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra and has most recently performed Khachaturian’s Concerto-Rhapsody with the orchestra under Vassily Sinaisky.
Chaushian enjoys regular chamber music relationships with such notable artists as Yuja Wang, Julia Fischer, Levon Chilingirian, Diemut Poppen, Emmanuel Pahud, and Ashley Wass, and has also collaborated with Yehudi Menuhin. He is also a member of the Tchaikovsky Trio with Pavel Vernikov and Konstantin Bogino.
Chaushian’s regular chamber music partner is pianist Yevgeny Sudbin with whom he has made several highly acclaimed CDs for the BIS label. His recently released concerto CD with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra – also on BIS – received rave reviews and was selected as ‘Album of the Week’ by The Independent, UK.
Una Cho - Assistant Teacher
Eun Cho made her debut as a concerto soloist in South Korea with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 13 and, since arriving in London to study at RCM in 2011, has gone on to perform recitals in numerous venues around London with different projects including the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Opera House, Cadogan Hall, Southbank Centre, Kings Place, St. James’ Piccadilly and Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall amongst other esteemed venues in England, Italy, Germany, and South Korea.
From 2011 to 2015, Eun had the honour of studying in a very small class with the world-renowned cellist, and student of Mstislav Rostropovich, Natalia Gutman, first part-time (alongside her studies at RCM) at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole and then continuing as a full-time student at Konservatorium Wien from 2014.
In December 2022, Eun made a successful debut as guest principal cello with the Birmingham Royal Ballet for their world-famous production of the Nutcracker at the Birmingham Hippodrome. She is also co-director of Cello Project Korea
Other appearances as concerto soloist include performances with the Serbia Radio & TV Orchestra, French Chamber Orchestra, Suwon Philharmonic, Daegu Philharmonic, Seoul Symphony & Sejong Philharmonic.