Noah Al-Shemmari is a cellist and strings teacher currently based in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a graduate of Duquesne University, where he studied Music Performance and Mathematics.
In his hometown of Boardman, Ohio, he was a student of cellist and conductor Michael Gelfand. At the Mary Pappert School of Music (Duquesne), Noah intensely studied cello with Adam Liu of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. While there, he focused on numerous concerti, sonatas, and solo works for cello, great orchestral pieces, conducting, string pedagogy, newly composed pieces, and chamber ensembles.
At the Clazz International Music Festival hosted in Arcidosso, Tuscany, Noah performed the Preludio-Fantasia from Gaspar Cassadó's Suite for Solo Cello along with Handel's Grave and Fugue for cello trio; he also studied through Uri Vardi, Adam Liu, Matthew Pickart, Boris Tonkov, Helmut Lipsky, and the Quartet San Francisco while there. He has also attended the String Teacher Workshop at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.
Noah has been a frequent cellist for the Washington Symphony Orchestra for the past 6 seasons, and he is a recent addition to the Pittsburgh Philharmonic's cello section as well. In his spare time, Noah enjoys challenging himself on the cello, and he plays piano, violin, bass, ocarina, and otamatone to relax. Noah has been privately teaching cello and music theory lessons for over six years. He also teaches violin, viola, and double bass.