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Jamie Fiste

Midland, MI   

Jamie Fiste is Associate Professor of Cello at Central Michigan University.

An active recitalist and chamber musician, Dr. Fiste’s performance engagements have taken him to Europe (Hungary, France, Spain, and Germany), numerous colleges and universities including the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the UMKS Conservatory of Music, and several conferences and conventions (Notre Dame Cello Fest, American Viola Society Festival, 44th International Viola Congress, Mediterranean Studies Association). An avid collaborator, Dr. Fiste regularly performs in the Saarburg Music Festival in Germany and was Co-Artistic Director for the Plymouth Chamber Music Festival (Plymouth, MA) from 2001-2007 where he performed with artists of international stature. Dr. Fiste also performs yearly at Emerald Isle String Haven with the faculty string quartet. He performed in the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music Series (Boston, MA) for many years with Rachel Goodwin (Artistic Director) and musicians from the Boston Symphony and Boston University faculty. Dr. Fiste has also performed for the Shoreline Music Society (Manistee, MI), Brandenburg Festival (Interlochen, MI), Leelanau Summer Music Festival (Leelanau, MI), Baroque on Beaver (Beaver Island, MI) where he was a featured soloist with the festival orchestra, MASTA Chamber Music Festival (Michigan State University), Cumberland County Playhouse Recital Series (Crossville, TN), Fontana Festival of Music and Art (Shelbyville, MI), Festival of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR), and Hot Springs Music Festival (Hot Springs, AR).

A sought-after pedagogue, Dr. Fiste recently participated in the 2018 Music for our Young (MOY) International Festival of Music in Hong Kong with whom he will continue to collaborate. He also regularly teaches and coaches chamber music at the Saarburg International Music Festival in Germany. Dr. Fiste has given numerous presentations at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids in addition to presenting at the American String Teachers National Convention. Committed to supporting music education, Dr. Fiste will frequently visit public school orchestra programs to hold workshops within and beyond the state of Michigan, provide master classes, and hold various cello workshops. Following the lead of renowned violin pedagogue Paul Rolland, Dr. Fiste is also interested in exposing young musicians to new music. It is in the critical early years of playing that a profound impact can be made for new music.  He is also faculty advisor for the ASTA student chapter at CMU and is overseeing the establishment of an after-school string program taught by ASTA chapter members. His special interest in teaching include understanding and experiencing how the parts of technique fit into the whole of playing the cello and music making.

Dr. Fiste was a prizewinner in the Rolland String Competition, Cello Society Competition, the University of Illinois Undergraduate Concerto Competition, and the University of Illinois Graduate Concerto Competition. He was also a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra in Providence, RI.

Dr. Fiste earned his B.M. at the University of Illinois (C-U), his M.M. from the University of Notre Dame, and his D.M.A. from the University of Illinois (C-U) where he studied with Karen Buranskas and Laurien Laufman. He has also participated in master classes with Janos Starker and Fritz Mag.

Me and My Shadow for Cello Solo by Murray Gross (2015).

This piece for unaccompanied cello was composed by Dr. Murray Gross of Alma College in Alma, Michigan. After a performance I did of the Solo Sonata by Hindemith, Dr. Gross approached me about the possibility of composing an unaccompanied piece for cello. I was thrilled. The piece begins where the Hindemith ends, with a loud C# pizzicato on the C string.

This recording is the premier on October 29, 2015 at CMU in Staples Family Concert Hall.

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