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Jay Tilton is a cellist based in Los Angeles. He attended Vanderbilt University prior to graduating from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, where he received his Master of Music under the tutelage of Norman Fischer. 

Most recently Jay performed in the national Broadway tour of Miss Saigon. While living in New York City, Jay frequently performed with the New York Pops Orchestra, Salome Chamber Orchestra, New England Symphonic Ensemble and the New York Concert Artists Orchestra. 

Outside of classical music, Jay enjoys performing and recording with singers and songwriters. He's performed with Imagine Dragons, One Republic, Kid Cudi, Pink Martini, Bonobo, Bobby McFerrin, Ricky Skaggs and Josh Groban.


It is of his utmost privilege to have performed under some of the world's leading conductors: Bernard Haitink, André Previn, Sir Andrew Davis, Raphael Frühbeck de Bergos, Oliver Knussen, James Levine, Herbert Bloomstedt and John Williams.

Jay has played in master classes for several esteemed artists: Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Aaron, Joseph Silverstein, Lynn Harrell and members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Orion, Turtle Island and Emerson String Quartets.

Upon completing the two year Suzuki teacher training course at School for Strings in New York under Pamela Devenport, he held teaching positions at the Marymount School of New York, Browning School, St. Margaret's Episcopal School and Hunter College Elementary.

His previously attended summer programs include the Tanglewood Music Center, Henry Mancini Institute and Colorado College Music Festival. Jay was the recipient of the prestigious Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Award at Tanglewood, awarded to him by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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