Ellen Kilcup was raised by music teachers who had her coaching and teaching cello at 11 years of age. She has studied cello performance under Stuart Hake, Meg Brennand, and Erika Pierson. She eventually found her greatest excitement for performance in chamber music while studying under Ilkkka Talvi and Kim Zabelle. Ellen graduated from Seattle Pacific University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in Cello Performance.
Her journey with music has led her through Italy, France, England, and New York, and has settled her contentedly in her favorite area, Seattle. She performs annually as a soloist with three-time Grammy Award winner, Michael W. Smith and has served as Principal Cellist for other artists while they are traveling through Seattle. She served as Principal Cellist for Thalia Symphony Orchestra for several years.
With her deep passion for the cello and her love for bringing others into the art, she has been teaching out of her private studio for over fifteen years. Currently, she is a Paraprofessional for the Edmonds School District’s Music program and the cellist in the Sprezzatura Piano Trio, recently featured as a guest artists performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano at Seattle Pacific University.