Personal Bio

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

Cellist Valdine Ritchie Mishkin is a diverse musician, recognized both as a gifted cello teacher of all ages and an avid solo, chamber, and orchestral musician.  Equally dedicated to teaching the youngest students in early education as well as training advanced cellists, Dr. Mishkin serves as adjunct faculty at Willamette University and teaches at her home studio in West Linn.  She coaches chamber music and orchestral repertoire with the Portland Youth Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Youth Symphonies, judges competitions for regional and national organizations, and is a clinician for Chamber Music Camp of Portland.

Dr. Mishkin has explored a wide range of musical genres and disciplines, from period baroque to large orchestra, from live radio performances to studio recording, and from contemporary music premiers to rock/pop concerts with Josh Groban and Rod Stewart. A seasoned performer of both ensemble and solo repertoire, Valdine champions contemporary and lesser-known chamber music in a lecture-recital series with The Bluebox Ensemble, and with the FearNOMusic Young Composers’ Project.  She performs with the Delphinium Quartet on the All-Classical FM Classical Pub series, and was heard on that station’s live radio program Thursdays at Three with David Hattner and Janet Guggenheim.  Valdine has played in the cello sections of the Oregon Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, and on period instruments with the Mercury Ensemble.  Debuting at age 10 as a soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony, Valdine performed the Schumann Concerto with the Chehalem Symphony, and has been a featured soloist with the Mercury Ensemble, the Aurora Chorus, and Portland Boy Choir.

Valdine holds a Doctorate and Masters in Music from Rice University as a student of Lynn Harrell and Norman Fischer, a Bachelor of Music from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) as a student of Antonio Lysy, and holds both performance diplomas (A.R.C.T.) and teaching certificates in cello and piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto as a student of Julie Banton and Ann Lugsdin (Winnipeg).  Performing across Canada, U.S.A. and Europe, Valdine’s development was shaped by such festivals as Tanglewood, Orford, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada’s National Music Competition Festival (3rd prize winner), and Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra Academy; by masterclasses with Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, Zara Nelsova, David Finckel, the Juilliard Quartet, and Arnold Steinhardt; and under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Larry Rachleff and Timothy Vernon.