Meet Robert Rivera: cello educator at Winchester Stage Music Center

Robert Rivera, Cello teacher at Winchester Stage Music Center.

Robert Rivera began studying cello at age seven. He holds a diploma from the Mannes School of Music, a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Certificate of Performance from Moscow Conservatory. Robert has played extensively throughout the US and Europe. Currently he is principal cellist with the Norwood Symphony and has been an orchestral member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Brookline Symphony, Longwood Symphony, New Hampshire Philharmonic, Rhode Island Symphony and the Fabric Musik Ensemble of Stuttgart in Germany.

As a freelance cellist in the Boston and New York areas, he works in genres such as classical and jazz. For the past five yeas he has performed weekly with his Robert Rivera Trio at the Langham Hotel in the Café Fleuri and Chocolate Bar. He was winner of Best Original Score for the film “Sympathetic Details,” in the Almost Famous International Film Festival of 2008, in collaboration with Benjamin Keddy. He appeared in a WGBH segment on Art in Bloom with poet Reggie Gibson in June 2004, and, in February 2003, received mention from the Boston Herald: "cellist Robert Rivera stays in motion, it's a rush."

Robert believes that students must have a good classical foundation of the cello, and emphasizes the importance of music theory in all of his lessons. His personal teaching philosophy is to give students cello instruction that can be transmitted to any genre of music, and encourages his students to create their own compositions. But most importantly, he wants his students to have fun learning the cello.

At Stage Music Center, we guarantee: 

  • A tailored music education for your age, level & learning style.

  • Weekly one to one lessons with experienced teachers.

  • Possibilities to showcase your progress at recitals.

  • A safe learning environment.