A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Wyatt Sutherland became interested in the cello when he was nine years old after hearing the legendary cellist, Janos Starker perform with the Louisville Orchestra. From the initial impression he began taking cello lessons with Guillermo Helguera, and years later proceeded to study with Starker at Indiana University School of Music. Among his other applied teachers are Raya Garbousova, Susanna Onwood, and master classes with Pierre Fournier and Yo-Yo Ma. Wyatt has a deep appreciation for chamber music and he attributes his passion to his studies with Starker, Leonard Bernstein, Mischa Schneider, Gunther Schuller, Louis Krasner, Joseph Gingold, Tokyo String Quartet, and the Beaux Arts Trio.
Wyatt was a recipient of an Aspen Fellowship, and for three consecutive years was awarded a Tanglewood Fellowship under the personal guidance and scholarship of Leonard Bernstein. He has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the Gustav Golden Award, Everett Foundation Award, Phillips Petroleum Foundation Award, and the Harry Shapiro Award.
Wyatt is a former member of the Louisville Orchestra, Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Oklahoma City Chamber Orchestra, and the Louisville Chamber Orchestra.
Wyatt is the founder of YellowCello Young Artists; a music training program for young people teaching leadership, communication, and team dynamic skills through chamber music.
Wyatt is a devoted teacher of chamber music and cello, and lives in Viroqua with his wife, Monika and their four children. He enjoys cooking, home renovation and building, chess, fly fishing, bicycling, software and technology, team building and agile methodologies.
About Me
College: Indiana University School of Music
Favorite Color: race car yellow
Current Read: Anything related to people and team dynamics, science, and history
Current Listen: Mahler symphonies
Favorite Listen: All things Bach
Favorite Foods: sushi, paella, mochi (I see a rice theme)
Instrument: cello, Ferdinand Gagliano, Cremona, Italy, 1760
Core Philosophy: Self-sustaining, and continuously evolving.
My photo albums
Tatiana and Daddy
March 2007
July 1997
May 2002
Feb 2007
Oct 2004
January 2007
Me with bunny ears
January 2007
My top 5 composers
  1. 1.Bach, J.S.
  2. 2.Beethoven
  3. 3.Tchaikovsky
  4. 4.Mendelssohn
  5. 5.Mahler
My favorite artists
  1. Jean-Yves Thibaudet