The craft of playing the Cello



Charmian Bartlett is originally from Sydney, Australia and she now lives in Seattle on the eastside with her husband and daughter who attends the University of Washington. She began lessons at age 6 and has played professionally in both Sydney and Seattle. Since 2013 she has focused on growing her cello teaching studio which she runs from her home-studio in Woodinville, and she currently offers lessons online. Charmian particularly enjoys starting students with a great technique right from the start, however she also has a lot of experience working with more established players keen to solve technical challenges and mentoring mature players. 



Performed professionally as lead cello in the Sydney productions of 'Phantom of the Opera' and 'Miss Saigon' and is currently active in Seattle's recording industry, playing for soundtracks, video games and T.V. commercials.  



Over 25 years of experience teaching privately.

On staff at SYSO Summer Music Camp, PLU Summer Cello Workshop, the Vashon Island Cello Camp and cello coach for the Bellevue and Northshore School Districts and BYSO. 

Has successfully prepared students for college music entrance and scholarship auditions.


Chamber Musician

Played in the Cove Chamber Orchestra in Sydney, the Vashon Chamber Music Festival on Vashon Island, and 

currently plays around Seattle in small chamber groups.



BMus - Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance, with merit, student of the year,

LMusA - Licentiate in Music, Australia diploma in the subject of Cello Performance, the highest level of diploma awarded by the Australian Music Examination Board,

A.S.C.M. - Associate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, with merit,

LDip - Australian Law degree awarded by the Legal Profession Admission Board of N.S.W.,

Member of Suzuki Association of America (SAA),

Suzuki Book 1 Training.