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I am Deryn Cullen, cello teacher, recording artist and composer based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. My love affair with the cello began when I first saw one at age 9. Lessons began a year later, quickly followed by a steely determination to pursue a career in music.
Teaching has been a constant throughout my career, and has played a vital role in keeping my own playing in good shape. I have taught privately and in schools since 1997, and I established D C Cello Studio in 2006 when I moved to Leeds. I have taught students of all ages from beginners taking their very first steps into the world of music to advanced players working on challenging repertoire. I have 100% pass rate for my exam candidates with many achieving merit or distinction up to grade 8 cello and grade 6 music theory.
At the same time as setting up D C Cello Studio, my husband - Dan Cullen - and I set up Cullen Media Music. We write and record for specialist film and TV music publishers, original film scores and recently released an album of epic cinematic tracks for cello, orchestra and choir called I Am Cello. In addition to our composition services, I work as a remote session cellist, recording cello parts for media composers, producers and singer-songwriters all over the world.
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