Personal Bio

Dr. Valdine Mishkin, suzuki cello instructorDr. Valdine Ritchie Mishkin

Canadian Cellist Valdine Ritchie Mishkin is a diverse musician, recognized as a gifted cello teacher and an avid solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She champions contemporary music with Third Angle, FearNOMusic, and March Modern in recital and on air with All-Classical FM Portland’s Club Mod and Thursdays at Three.  She performs with the Oregon Symphony and as a chamber recitalist with Duo Apaixonado and The Crescendo Project.  Beginning studies at age 3 and making her solo debut at age 10 with the Winnipeg Symphony, she is a Canadian National Festival winner and multi-medalist with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto.

A passionate educator, Dr. Mishkin teaches at Willamette University and her bustling private studio in West Linn, serves as an adjudicator, coach, clinician, conference presenter, author, and on the boards of Oregon Cello Society and Or-ASTA.  She holds Doctoral and Master degrees from Rice University under Lynn Harrell and Norman Fischer, and a Bachelor degree from McGill University under Antonio Lysy.