Antonio Lysy
Antonio Lysy
Message from the Area Head

Our purpose is to transform the string student into an independent young colleague. Our strength lies in our unique holistic pedagogical approach and the multitude of diverse learning and performance opportunities available to them. We seek for each student to explore the power of musical communication and to help them acquire the tools to express themselves at their highest potential. The String Area’s strength is in its dedication to communication through the art of mastering the instrument to the best of one’s ability – as a philosophy, and compass that everyone can benefit from. Whether by virtue of in-depth studio lessons and classes, or performing opportunities, experimentation and research, students learn how to focus, contemplate, share, lead, follow, and ultimately equip themselves with the tools to express themselves confidently.

– Antonio Lysy

Strings Faculty

Ji Young An
Lecturer - Violin Performance
Che-Yen Chen
Professor - Viola Performance
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor - String Bass Performance; Principal Bass LA Phil
Antonio Lysy
Professor - Cello Performance and Strings Area Head
Varty Manouelian
Lecturer - Violin Performance; Violin LA Phil
Brandon Mayer
Instructor, Beginning Guitar--Summer Session
Lou Anne Neill
Lecturer - Harp Performance; Harp LA Phil
Movses Pogossian
Professor, Director of Armenian Music Program
Peter Yates
Adjunct Professor - Guitar Performance
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Sir John Eliot Gardiner

“One of the most memorable musical student/teacher interactions I have ever witnessed occurred during a concert I attended in Tuscany last summer near Montepulciano. A group of exceptionally gifted young students from the UCLA string department performed an array of classical and contemporary works together with their distinguished professors – Movses Pogossian, Guillaume Sutre, and Antonio Lysy. The results were breathtaking and brilliant.”

Armenian Chamber Music album was co-conceived by School of Music Professor Movses Pogossian
A new album of contemporary chamber music might never have come into existence without SOM professor Movses Pogossian. Recorded on the UCLA campus, the album, Con Anima, is also among a select number of projects that the record label, Edition of Contemporary Music, has produced outside of Europe.
Pete Townshend of The Who and Rachel Fuller give to UCLA for scholarships, concerts
$100,000 gift will support Herb Alpert School of Music cello students and UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance
UCLA receives Stradivarius, Seraphin violins from Twiford Foundation
Donated collection of rare instruments valued at nearly $3.5 million, will enhance opportunities for music students

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