B i o g r a p h y  –  C e l l i s t

Malina began the cello when she was five years old but it did not present itself to her as a career option until she was almost sixteen. She attended Eastman School of Music where she studied with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott and received a Bachelors of Music double majoring in cello performance and composition. She was a board member and section leader in Nuove Musiche, a student run ensemble dedicated to the performance of classical works in a historically informed manner. She was also a member of Tarab Cello Octet, where she performed many premiers plus standard literature, and Musica Nova and Ossia, contemporary music groups at Eastman.


From there she went on to The Juilliard School where she received a Masters in cello performance and studied with Fred Sherry and Harvey Shapiro. She was a member of New Juilliard Ensemble, touring to perform in France for a new music festival. She also performed Davidovsky's Divertimento for Cello and Orchestra with the Juilliard Orchestra under Reinbert de Leeuw. She has performed in Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and with new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, including a piece for cellist with two bows by Kurtág. She has attended Bowdoin Summer Music Festival several times, participated in Manchester Music Festival, and been a guest artist/performer at Arts on the Edge Wolfeboro. She has worked with and premiered pieces by numerous living composers. She is a founding member of Burning River Baroque, and currently working on the season’s concerts. She curates, performs in and produces performances combining her love of dance, cello, singing, early music and new music with armies of choreographer/dancer composer/performer friends


Check out her upcoming solo cello CD "In D" here


More information can be found on her groups website:



photo by Alisha Bausone

Malina loves working on anything combining her love of dance, strings, singing, early music and new music with choreographer/dancer composer/performer friends where she seeks to weaken the boundaries that have grown to separate the arts into their disparate areas.