Strydom, Hanno


Hanno Strydom has been a member of MacPhail’s cello faculty since 2008. He is committed to developing a strong classical technical foundation, passionate about the idea that the dedicated study of music develops grit and greater emotional and physical mastery, and welcomes students of all levels (age 5–adult) who are excited about making the cello an important part of their life.

Prior to MacPhail, Hanno taught at Eastman School of Music, where he was teaching assistant to Professor Steven Doane, and at private studios in Texas and New York. He was the winner of the Eastman School Cello Concerto Competitio, as well as the recipient of Eastman School Performer’s Certificate and a Fulbright scholarship. He has performed at Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music, The Baroque Room, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Music on the Hill, and at several universities and colleges. His solo appearances include the National Symphony and Concert Orchestras of Ireland & Eastman Philharmonia.

He matriculated at the Eastman School of Music, from where he received his Performer’s Certificate, Bachelor’s of Music, Orchestral Studies Diploma, and Master’s of Music degrees.

“Hanno is a very gifted instructor. He is positive and has high expectations for my daughter. He allows her to decide how good she wants to be by encouraging and expecting practice but ultimately leaving the responsibility on her. Hanno also provides timely instruction and doesn’t overwhelm my daughter with working on too many things at once. I appreciate that he works with her on a piece to help her feel comfortable and reach mastery.” –MacPhail Parent
“Hanno seems fascinated with the process of learning and developing musical abilities. Every lesson we learn something new to focus on and refine. He provides a rich learning experience.” –MacPhail Student
“Hanno works hard to help each student see what is possible for them to accomplish on the cello. He digs into each musical problem as if it were a new challenge, and keeps trying new approaches until something “sticks”. He has high expectations for his students and himself, and I appreciate the fact that he doesn’t cut corners on technique when teaching adults. At the same time, he is a patient and gentle teacher who is constantly sensitive to protecting students’ self-confidence and sense of motivation.” –MacPhail Student