East Carolina University, BM
Cameron J. Collins, a junior at East Carolina University, began cello studies at age 3.
CJ has competed in competitions throughout the U.S. In October 2010, CJ was chosen the winner in the MTNA Young Artists Competition. In 2002, he was chosen from cellists around the country to perform in Minnesota with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. He has also received several awards in MTNA competitions, and has been principal cellist of the ECU Orchestra, Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra and the NC Western Regional Orchestra, assistant principal of the NC Honor’s Orchestra, and a member of GSYO Honor’s Quartet. CJ attended the Burgos Chamber Music Festival in Spain during the summer of 2011.
CJ is a three time concerto winner for the GSYO. He has received scholarships from the Eastern Music Festival, the Cone Foundation, the Ashley Foundation, the NCSA summer chamber program, and the McCrory Foundation. CJ has recently received a loan of a German cello from the Virtu Foundation.
CJ’s teachers have included Zvi Plesser, Brooks Whitehouse, Ken Law, and Beth Vanderborgh. He is currently a scholarship student of Emmanuel Gruber at ECU, and has performed in masterclasses for Colin Carr, Schmuel Magen, Zvi Plesser, Emanuel Gruber, Gustavo Tavares, Bongshin Ko, Ara Gregorian, Raman Ramakrishnan, Amit Peled, Jonathan Kramer, and the New Zealand Quartet.