Cameron Collins


Photos by Matt Dine


1st place, 2013 East Carolina University Concerto Competition


Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, acting section cello, 2019–20; Sarasota Orchestra, substitute, 2018; Aspen Music Festival, 2018

What is your earliest memory of classical music?

Switching from the violin to the cello around age 4. I couldn’t handle that my older sister was better than me at the violin, so I started playing cello.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career?

When I spent my summers as a young teenager at chamber music festivals.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My family, each person in their own way. And Yo-Yo Ma, of course.

Which genre of music do you feel you connect with the most?

The String Quartet. I have spent most of my life to this point playing in string quartets, so I feel very connected to the genre.

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it?

This changes all the time, but right now I would have to say the Schubert piano trios.

What has been your favorite experience as a musician?

Just generally, getting to travel to so many amazing places that I most likely wouldn’t have seen if it weren’t for music.

If you could play another instrument, what would it be?

Jazz piano

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

Architecture, I have always loved it.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why?

Italy! The people and the food.

Piece of advice for a young classical musician

If you truly love music, stick with it no matter what. It will be worth it!