Keena Wildman

Keena Wildman Cello

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life. Not necessarily music-related!

I am from Honeoye Falls, NY where I was born and raised. My biggest passion besides cello is the outdoors. When I was in school I raced cross-country skiing on a national level and also played on a travel soccer team. I love hiking, camping, biking, kayaking, canoeing, and anything really you can do outside. My two biggest goals in life right now are to find a kind of music and a way of performance that I can play authentically and to get a dog.

How did you first get into music?

I saw a cello at a ‘musical instrument petting zoo’ at a local park and tried it out for the whole afternoon when I had just turned 5. I asked my parents everyday for a month if I could learn to play the cello and then they got me my first cello and lessons.

What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?

I love the cello. I also think it’s an essential and effective to tell stories and get messages across to people and I find that really cool and something that I want to be a part of.

What has been your musical highlight so far?

I would say being a part of the BBC RCS Mentorship Scheme last year and getting to see properly how a professional orchestra operates. It was also amazing to be able to play with them and they are incredible musicians and people!

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

Joe Bonamassa, Led Zepplin, Apocalytpica, Beth Hart, The Lumineers, Herra Hnetusmjör, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

I think it will be really fun to play in and to learn different kinds of rep. I also really look forward to the difference performance settings and learning how to play in a large variety of spaces.