Jacqueline Ultan is a singularly creative cellist, composer & improvisor and has taught cello at The MacPhail Center for Music since 2000. With more than 20 years experience, she teaches according to the needs of each individual student. Serious, focused and detail oriented, Jacqueline is also flexible and laid back. She stresses good physical form and relaxation and enjoys teaching many styles of music. She is also on the faculty at The Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
Jacqueline’s unique versatility is reflected in the diversity of her artistic collaborations: urban groove trio Saltee; Persion fusion trio Mirrorlands; pop band The Starfolk; improvising collective iNMiGRATiON; flute/cello duo J2J; Beatles tribute band The Shabby Road Orchestra; The Laurels String Quartet and this coming September, Ultan will be part of a brand new Tango Orchestra with The Tango Collective. In demand locally and nationally, Ultan has recorded and collaborated extensively with theater, pop, rock and new music artists, including: Ondara, Kill The Vultures, Roma di Luna, The Jayhawks, Chan Poling, Dan Wilson, E. Carlos Nakai, Huun Hur Tu, The Jorgensens, and Kevin Kling. Ultan has received several awards and commissions including a McKnight Performing Artist Fellowship; MacPhail Artist & Commissioning Grants; MRAC’s Next Step Grant and a State Arts Board Arts Tour MN grant. Ultan co-composed music for and participated in TED Talks Conferences in Minneapolis and L.A., and in June 2019, co-wrote a duo cello score for Theater Latte Da’s production of ‘To Let Go And Fall’, a play by Harrison Rivers. In October 2019, Ultan played at The Jazz In the City Festival in Salzburg, Austria. A dedicated teacher, Ultan is on the faculty of MacPhail’s Center for Music and holds a Masters Degree in Performance from Yale University.