About · Celli @ Berkeley

Our Story

Celli@Berkeley was created one night in 2012 after the cellists of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra realized that the only thing better than one cello was many, many cellos.

Composed of fifteen undergraduate and graduate students studying a variety of academic disciplines (including political science, music, sociology, chemistry, biology, economics, and engineering), Celli is united by a desire to express the possibilities of the cello. We love performing and sharing music ranging from classical to pop, not only in concert halls but also outdoors - by the Campanile, in art galleries and cafes, at marathons or flea markets, and on the streets of Berkeley!

Our Goals

The ultimate goal of Celli@Berkeley is to generate new repertoire for cello ensembles around the world. As a student organization, however, our goal is to provide a safe space for individuals to discover their own style of playing. We aim to empower members to grow as musicians, leaders, and ensemble-players, as well as support their professional development. Members of Celli are encouraged to be both teachers and students among their peers.

Our Cellists

Senior, Political Science and Sociology (she/her)
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Celeste has played for the Women's Cal Club Soccer team!

Celeste Alexander

Junior, Statistics
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You can't spell 'cellist' without 'Ellis'.

Ellis Cho

Class of 2021, EECS and Business
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Vince's favorite band is 2Cellos.

Vince Han

Class of 2019, Mass Communication/Media Studies
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In addition to his cello skills, Daniel is also a virtuosic whistler.

Daniel Kim

Senior, MCB (he/him)
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Alex loves to cook and dance.

Alex Kum

Junior, Political Science and Music (she/her)
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Iris has four cats.

Iris Kwok

Senior, Mechanical Engineering (he/him)
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Albert learned to do laundry from his freshman year roommate!

Albert Lee

Senior, Bioengineering (he/him)
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Krish has watched ATLA 3 times all the way through in 5 months.

Krish Nayar

Junior, Computer Science (he/him)
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Tynan has a greater-than-average number of toes, but you probably do too.

Tynan Sigg

Graduate student, Public Policy
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Leo owns more than twenty tie-dye shirts and wears one almost every day.

Leo Steinmetz

Senior, Economics and Political Science (she/her)
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Lydia is also a ballet dancer.

Lydia Wen

Senior, EECS (he/him)
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Leonardo's fun fact is that he plays the cello.

Leonardo Tang

Senior, Music
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Gavin has nothing to say.

Gavin Williams

Class of 2020, Mathematics (she/her)
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My name is supposed to be spelled "Jeannie" but my dad messed up on my birth certificate, forgetting one "n".

Jeanie Won

Junior, EECS (he/they)
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Stephen is a cat who writes fanfiction when he's not trying to eat bugs in his code.

Stephen Yang

Past Cellists

Senior, Computer Science
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Aaron has a twin!

Aaron Chen

Class of 2019, Computer Science
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Rosa laughs at her own jokes and hopes that one day others will too.

Rosa Choe

Graduate student, Architecture
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Emiel Cockx

Junior, Music
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Annika Constantino

Senior, Conservation & Resource Studies (they/them)
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Annie has pet snails and loves to bake pie.

Annie Conway

Class of 2014, Peace & Conflict Studies and French
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Cindy dreams of the day when she too, can become a cat.

Cindy Hickox

Class of 2018, Undeclared
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Kelly's eyeliner is always on point.

Kelly Hong

Class of 2015, Public Health
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Karen's greatest weakness is watermelon.

Karen Hsu

Senior, Music
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Robert likes cold weather and, incidentally, warm layering.

Robert Hurley

Class of 2016, Music and MCB
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Melody is an avid fan of trail mix, blogilates, and all things punny.

Melody Huang

Class of 2020, Computer Science
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Chris has watched every single Gordon Ramsay cooking video on the internet.

Chris Jereza

Class of 2017, MCB
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Alex shares the same birthday with none other than the great Mstislav Rostropovich.

Alex Joo

Graduate Student, Chemistry
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Sam wired his own hot tub.

Sam Leachman

Class of 2016, Public Health
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Matt plays the oboe and is single and ready to mingle.

Matt Lee

Class of 2016, Statistics
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Rachel likes spicy.

Rachel Lee

Class of 2018, Music and MCB
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James drinks jasmine green tea everyday.

James Lim

Class of 2020, Music and MCB
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Lanvi's name means baby orchid.

Lanvi Lu

Class of 2018, CS and Math
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Yuki's grandfather owns Daiso.

Yuki Mizuno

Class of 2018, Psychology
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Elizabeth is from Washington.

Elizabeth Mo

Class of 2019, Environmental Science
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Chellie never leaves the house without a cup of tea and an existential crisis.

Chellie Nayar

Class of 2016, History
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Graham was named after a cracker. His greatest strength is his hair.

Graham Nelson

Class of 2017, MCB
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Christina enjoys unicorn searching in her spare time...but has yet to find one.

Christina Park

Class of 2018, Music and CS
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Rohan enjoys relaxing with knitting and tea.

Rohan Sikdar

Class of 2013, Music
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Rio is in New York, where he works at Carnegie Hall.

Rio Vander Stahl

Class of 2016, Music
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Kane once had a pet hedgehog.

Kane Suga

Class of 2014, Music and Society & Environment
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Mosa is terrified of ovens.

Mosa Tsay

Class of 2015, Chemistry
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Lukas contains a tasty nougat-filled core.

Lukas Whaley-Mayda

Class of 2020, Music and MCB
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Isaac enjoys good gifs and peach Calpico.

Isaac Witte

Class of 2018, Architecture
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Felix is secretly British and loves Sherlock.

Felix Yiu