Celina Bethoux, 13, started her violin studies at age 5 with Cleveland Orchestra violinist Isabel Trautwein. From 2010 to 2015, she was a student in the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, with Dr Stephen Sims as her private teacher. She played in the CIM Youth String Camerata Orchestra, conducted by Marcia Ferritto. Celina also sang in the Cleveland Orchestra Children's Chorus for 2 years.
Currently, Celina is a student of Isabel Trautwein. She takes theory lessons with Dr Jennifer Conner, and participated in the "Creativity: Learning through Experience" 2016 program, which pairs composers from the Cleveland Composers Guild with talented young artists.
Celina attended the Ithaca College Summer Suzuki Institute advanced violin program, and studied with Mimi Zweig at the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Summer String Academy, on an artistic merit award. In 2016, she was a prizewinner at the Duquesne Young Artist National Solo Competition, and performed Wieniawski's Polonaise Brillante at Duquesne University's PNC Auditorium in Pittsburgh. She was one of the winners of the 2016 Sigma Alpha Iota String Competition, and of the 2017 Suburban Symphony Orchestra's annual Young Soloists Concerto Competition.
Celina is in her first year as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, and currently serves as assistant concertmaster. As a student in the CIM Preparatory Chamber Music Program since 2014, she is a member of the SPQ quartet, coached by Annie Fullard and Mari Sato from the Cavani Quartet, and plays sonatas, coached by Cleveland Orchestra musician Carolyn Warner.
Celina is determined to help and reach out to others through her music. She played with her quartet the Beethoven quartet no.4 op.18 at a UNICEF benefit concert, and she gave several recitals at Judson Manor. Academic achievement is also very important to Celina. As a homeschooled 7th grader, her favorite subjects are maths and science. In her free time, she enjoys reading, origami, hiking with her family, and playing with her dog Lilly.