Bryan Wilson

Cellist. Composer. Educator. Author.

Photo by Thomas Lee

Photo by Thomas Lee

Bryan Wilson is a cellist, composer, educator, and author from Teaneck, New Jersey.  A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cello Performance and Music Composition, his education allowed him to create his own voice as a cellist and composer. His compositions are soulful cello songs that incorporate drum beats and synthesizers, often with a focus on improvisation. From classical to rock to hip hop to electro, Bryan has experience playing and improvising on the cello in a variety of musical situations. Bryan released his debut solo album, Oso Perezoso, in 2017.

From 2011 to 2017 he was the the cellist/composer for the post-rock band, You Bred Raptors? (www.youbredraptors.com) and toured all over the United States and Canada. The band has been featured on Good Day New York, The Atlantic, The Economist, Metro USA, Strings Magazine, The Record, Soundcheck WNYC, New York Magazine, and Bass Guitar Magazine. 

Bryan wrote and published the book, Cello Chords, in 2011. Cello Chords is the first book to take an in depth look at the chordal possibilities of the cello and players from across the globe have found it to be an excellent resource. The book was reviewed favorably in Strings Magazine, The Strad, and The New Directions Cello Festival Newsletter.  

Bryan Wilson is also a music educator and cello instructor and has taught classes in composition and chamber music for the Community Arts Partnership Music Program at California Institute of the Arts.  Bryan offers private cello lessons to students of all ages and levels in Northern New Jersey and all across the world via Skype. He focuses on giving a strong foundation on the instrument through classical music repertoire and exercises, but also teaches students about improvisation and playing the cello in contemporary/popular music situations. Send him an e-mail, he’d love to teach you!