Cellist Mitchell Lyon approaches music making with a zeal for harnessing the unique power of musical experience. At home with audiences of all types, he has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to intimate private homes. In addition to work within the classical repertoire, Mr. Lyon enjoys exploring improvisation, folk music styles and the potential of electronic amplification and looping. As a composer, he has had the pleasure of collaborating with choreographers to create new works. A firm believer in the importance of arts outreach, Mr. Lyon has led three teams of Juilliard students to New Orleans for outreach work, and has held numerous teaching and outreach fellowships. While pursuing his Master’s degree at Juilliard, he worked with elementary school students at PS 84 as a recipient of the Morse Fellowship, which helps bring music education into the curriculum. Redirected to the cello from his initially expressed desire to learn to play the drums in late elementary school, he grew to love music making through discovering the joy of chamber music. Mr. Lyon has developed his passion for chamber music at summer programs such as The Quartet Program and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and at Juilliard’s annual Chamberfest. Memorable musical experiences include performances as a member of the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Bernard Haitink, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Alan Gilbert, as well as work with members of the Emerson, Tokyo, and Brentano String Quartets. When away from his cello, Mr. Lyon can be found hiking in the Hudson Highlands, reading poetry, or cooking meals for family and friends. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Bonnie Hampton, and he recently completed his Master of Music Degree at Juilliard under the tutelage of Timothy Eddy.