1. Faculty

Bonnie Hampton

String and Piano Chamber; Cello

“One of the finest cellists of her generation.” —Pablo Casals

Courses Taught

  • Prviate Lessons
  • Chamber Music


  • Francesco Trio, 1964-2002
  • Hampton-Schwartz Duo, 1967-2002

Awards and Distinctions

  • Doctor of Music, honoris causa, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Eva Janzer Award, Indiana University

What is your hometown?

Berkeley, CA

What is your favorite recording?

Pablo Casals: Bach Cello Suites.

What are you passionate about outside of music?

More Music! Books.

Who were your major teachers?

Margaret Rowell, Zara Nelsova, and Pablo Casals.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“Play with character. SAY something.”
—Pablo Casals

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

Hearing and playing string quartets. Playing great symphonies at age 13.

What was a turning point in your career?

Studying with Pablo Casals.

What is your daily practice routine?

Playing a Bach suite, scales, and other repertoire.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Bach, Beethoven, and Haydn (quartets).

What are your most important collaborations?

The Francesco Trio, Felix Galimir, and Robert Mann.

What recordings can we hear you on?

Francesco Trio: American Trios
Francesco Trio: Schubert and Brahms (Spruce Records)
Hampton-Schwartz Duo: Music and Arts

What is your unrealized project?

Recording the Beethoven cello sonatas.