• BM, piano performance, Oberlin Conservatory, 2011
• MM, the Juilliard School
• DMA, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University
Scott Cuellar has been praised for his ability to ‘‘illuminate both the external structure and the emotional core of the work he plays.’’ He has performed in venues all over the world, from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall to Vienna’s Konzerthaus to the Polytheatre Chongqing in China.
He has appeared as soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, the Oberlin Orchestra, the Lima Symphony Orchestra, and others.
As a chamber musician, Cuellar has collaborated with esteemed artists including violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Jennifer Koh, Chee-Yun Kim, and Benjamin Beilman; violist Hsin-Yun Huang; cellists Desmond Hoebig, Anthony Ross, and Beth Rapier; clarinetists Mark Nuccio and Ilya Shterenberg; and bass-baritone Timothy Jones. Additionally, he has been a guest at music festivals including La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and the Cactus Pear Chamber Music Festival.
Cuellar has won top prizes at the San Antonio, Virginia Waring, and New Orleans international piano competitions, and, while a student, won the concerto competitions at both Rice University and Oberlin.
He earned a DMA at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Jon Kimura Parker; an MM at the Juilliard School under Julian Martin; and a BM at Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Alvin Chow. A passionate teacher, he has presented master classes at Renmin University in Beijing, Lee University, and Grand Valley State University.