Chauncey Aceret began studying cello at the age of 10 with Sergei Riabtchenko in San Francisco. After graduating from the Crowden School of Music in 2002, Mr. Aceret began high school at Stuart Hall of San Francisco and was a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra for four years, serving the last two as Assistant Principal cellist. In addition to SFSYO, Mr. Aceret was Principal cellist of the Golden Gate Philharmonic in San Francisco.
For his undergraduate degree he attended the University of Michigan on a full ride, studying with Richard Aaron and graduating with his Bachelor’s of Music in Cello Performance in 2010. During his undergraduate studies, he attended several music festivals including the Chautauqua Institute in 2008, and the National Repertory Orchestra in 2009 and 2010. In 2013 Mr. Aceret graduated from Rice University with a Master’s of Music in Cello Performance where he studied with Desmond Hoebig on a full ride. Upon moving to Cleveland, Ohio in 2013, Mr. Aceret earned an additional Master’s of Music in Suzuki Pedagogy and Cello Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Dr. Melissa Kraut and Stephen Geber.
Mr. Aceret continues to lead an active performing and teaching career in the greater Cleveland area. He is Principal cellist of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, and also serves as a substitute cellist with the Heights Chamber Orchestra, Mansfield, and Canton symphonies. In addition to holding a faculty position at the Aurora School of Music, Mr. Aceret is a substitute teacher at the Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus and the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies. In 2016, he became a faculty member of the Western Reserve Suzuki School where he teaches group and private lessons. In 2015, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Musical Upcoming Stars in the Classics (M.U.S.i.C.), which provides performance opportunities for emerging young musicians in Northeast Ohio. In the summer of 2015, Mr. Aceret was a member of a string quartet in residence at the Grant Park Music Festival of Chicago, additionally playing with the Grant Park Orchestra during his time there.