Theodore Buchholz

Theodore Buchholz


Theodore Buchholz is the cello professor at the University of Arizona, where he also serves as String Area Coordinator, String Chamber Music Coordinator, and the Director of the UA String Project.

As a performer Theodore Buchholz has been lauded by newspaper critics as a “Virtuosic cellist,” an “Outstanding performer,” and a “Wonderful musician.” He has performed in prominent venues from New York’s Lincoln Center to international halls in Italy and Tokyo, and in important venues across the United States. Buchholz is the cellist of the Deco Piano Trio which holds a residency at the White Lakes Chamber Music Festival; more information on the trio is at He toured the recently commissioned concerto The High Songs by Carter Pann, and this season will perform Brahms’s Double Concerto and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with orchestras across the U.S.

Dr. Buchholz’s upcoming album, Afterglow, features Henry Hadley’s complete works for cello and piano, and will be released by Centaur Records in 2020. His recording of the Hans Winterberg Cello Sonata was released under the Toccata label in 2018, and he is a member of True Concord whose CD recording won a 2016 Grammy Award. Theodore served as a professional orchestral musician for ten years, and has collaborated in chamber performances with members of the world’s leading ensembles. During the summers he performs and teaches at the prestigious Killington Music Festival in Vermont. More information is at He performs on an outstanding cello made in 1877 by French luthier Charles Mennégand.

As a nationally recognized researcher, Dr. Buchholz served as the Cello Forum Editor for the award-winning journal American String Teacher. Dr. Buchholz’s research accomplishments include publications in the Journal of Historical Research in Music EducationAmerican String Teacher, and frequent presentations at national conferences. His current research is focused on historical cello treatises, and he edited the technique book Exercises and Etudes for Elegance of Sound and Form in Cello Playing.

A fervent believer in the power of music education to transform lives and communities, Dr. Buchholz launched the University of Arizona String Project in 2015. This program employs ten university music majors and offers private lessons and ensemble rehearsals to 80 K-12 students. Through the endowment of a generous donor, this program offers free private lessons to community students who might otherwise have no exposure to music education.

As a leader in music education, Theodore Buchholz regularly appears as a guest artist/teacher in leading conservatories and universities. Dr. Buchholz is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He serves as a member of the ASTA Collegiate Committee and he is the Past-President of the American String Teachers Association of Arizona. Dr. Buchholz is the Director of the Tucson Cello Congress which annually brings 100 cellists to the UA for a weekend of concerts and master classes.

Dr. Buchholz studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. His principal teachers include Nathaniel Rosen, Bonnie Hampton, Robert Jesselson, and Sadao Harada of the Tokyo String Quartet.