Fiddle, Suzuki violin, Violin, Suzuki piano, Piano
Tahlia Cott is a performer and educator currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in music education at the Eastman School of Music. She has been playing piano since the age of four and has been a finalist in various competitions, and has experience with solo performance, live theater performance, chamber performance and accompanying.
In addition to playing classical violin since the age of ten, she also has related experience playing fiddle performing in various bands, recording albums, and writing. She has played fiddle in multiple venues and festivals in the Connecticut, New York City, Boston and Rochester area such as the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Brantling Bluegrass Festival, Greater Danbury Irish Festival, Northeast Music and Dance Festival, has performed live on radio stations such as WPKN in Bridgeport, CT and WGDR in Montpelier, Vermont, and placed in contests such as the Roxbury Picking and Fiddling Contest.
Tahlia currently performs with two bluegrass bands in the Rochester area,The Crooked North, led by fellow Kanack faculty member Ben Proctor, and Great Vagrant, a band she started her freshman year with other Eastman students.
In addition to performing and recording, Tahlia also founded Eastman Americana, a student organization started for the purpose of educating Eastman students about various styles of traditional American music. Eastman Americana has hosted various guest artists such as 10 String Symphony and Bèla Fleck for workshops and masterclasses with Eastman students.