Originally from Park Ridge, Illinois, Ms. Aguiar earned her Bachelor of Music in cello performance from St. Olaf College, where she studied with David Carter. It was there that she became interested in Early Music and also started playing the viola da gamba. She went on to complete her Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studying with Yehuda Hanani, Lee Fiser, and both the LaSalle and Tokyo String Quartets.
Kat Aguiar has been an active performer and teacher in the Cincinnati area for many years. She served as Principal Cello of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra for twelve years, and performed with the Cincinnati Symphony and Chamber Orchestras as well as the Dayton Philharmonic. A certified Suzuki teacher, she has maintained private studios in the Forest Hills, Mariemont, and Terrace Park school districts.
While living in Curitiba, Brazil, she taught private cello lessons and performed with both the Curitiba Chamber Orchestra and the Cello Quartet “Cello Follia.”
During this time in Brazil, she became immersed in the Brazilian culture and learned Muay Thai, Brazilian percussion, capoeira, and drove a ’74 Beetle. Her daughters are now also fluent in Portuguese and love samba as much as their mother!
Born in China, Even Rong Ma began playing cello when she was nine. Studying at the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Miss Ma earned her bachelor and master’s degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is currently a doctoral student in cello performance at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music where she studies with Professor Alan Rafferty.
As an active performer, Miss Ma performed as soloist with the CCOM Chamber Orchestra in China playing Haydn’s C Major Cello Concerto and with Ensemble 207 in Cleveland performing the Schumann Cello concerto. Miss Ma was the recipient of fellowships to Round Top Festival Institute, Chautauqua Music Festival and Colorado College Summer Music Festival.
She is also a top-prize winner of numerous competitions, including first prize winner of the 2018 "Golden Classical Music Awards" International Competition in New York, and the second runner-up in the Popper Competition in Cleveland. Invited by the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Italy she will be performing throughout the summer of 2019.
As an educator, Miss Ma is a fully-trained and certified Suzuki cello teacher. She is Suzuki Certified for Cello Units 1-10, “Every Child Can!” and cello practicum with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She is also faculty of Cincinnati Young Artists, CCM Preparatory, 2019 CYA Summer Cello Academy and Musika Lessons.
Her specialist interests include a variety of genres such as Suzuki Cello Pedagogy, solo cello performance, chamber music, orchestra performance, teaching general musical knowledge to people over distance learning and Dalcroze Eurhythmics Pedagogy. Miss Ma is delighted to bring both a traditional study program and a Suzuki Cello Program to the Indian Springs Academy!