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Cellist Carter Brey follows his curiosity outside the box—and brings students with him.

Carter BreyMeet cello faculty Carter Brey in this spring's edition of Overtones.

Best known as principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Brey's talents span a wide range of fields—from teaching and performing chamber music, to sailing and running marathons. This deep curiosity has been a key part of his distinguished playing career: “They all sort of seem to feed each other,” he says about the intersection of his passions. At Curtis, Mr. Brey passes his curiosity on to his students, encouraging them to keep an eye on the big picture in their music-making—whether that means digging into a work's historical context, debating the composer's philosophical influences, or just remembering to relax and have fun!

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