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Astrid Schween, cellist

“So mellow was this playing-if a chinchilla could purr, it would sound like Astrid Schween’s cello...extraordinary musical ability.”

                                 -Washington Post


Cellist Astrid Schween has gained a rich following and enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber artist and teacher. Since joining the Juilliard String Quartet and Juilliard Cello Faculty in 2016, she has appeared at many of the world’s great concert halls, recorded for SONY Records, and collaborated with performers Itzhak Perlman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Emmanuel Ax, and composers Mario Davidovsky and Jörg Widmann, among others. She has been featured on National Public Radio, in The Strad Magazine, and Strings Magazines, and was a special guest speaker on the topic of Women in Music at the Library of Congress. In 2024, Astrid Schween contributed a series of instructional videos for the popular platform ToneBase.

A dedicated and passionate teacher/ mentor, Astrid Schween was for many years on faculty at the Perlman Music Program and Interlochen Center for the Arts. She is an advocate for children’s education in the arts and avid supporter of The Sphinx Organization, Project Step, Project Music Heals Us, CelloBello, The Musical Mentors Collaborative and Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program. Her numerous recordings appear on the Sony, Arabesque, Decca/Argo, CRI, New World, JRI, Centaur, NAR, and Point labels.

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