Keena Wildman

Keena Wildman Cello

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

I am 22 years old from Honeoye Falls, New York. I enjoy playing the cello (given) and anything outdoors – skiing, hiking, camping, soccer, anything and everything! I am currently working on a Masters of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I have wanted a dog my entire life and we adopted one in January so these days you can either find me practicing or playing ball with Missy!

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…. And the rest is history!

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

I don’t think I’ve ever even thought about it. From the day I decided I wanted to play cello when I was 5 that’s what I’ve wanted to do ever since, livin’ the dream since 2001!

What has been your musical highlight so far?

I honestly can’t think of one! I’ve been to a lot of different places and played with a lot of different amazing people I don’t know how to pick one! I will say, I got the best practice of my life done at a cello festival in Tuscany run by Sebastian Comberti.

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

Joe Bonamassa, Apocalyptica, Maggie Rogers, Lunasa, The Lumineers.. those would be my go-tos!

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

A lot of playing and a lot of new experiences! I am really looking forward to just getting out and informally playing and interacting with people and making people smile!