Melissa Kraut was appointed to the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the fall of 2006. Prior to that appointment, she was Associate Professor of Cello at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.
Dr. Kraut has performed all over the world, including concerts in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Canada, France and throughout the United States. She has played under the baton of conductors such as Sir Georg Solti, Valery Gergiev and Semyon Bychkov, and has participated in many music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and a summer at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Dr. Kraut plays with the Orlando Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Winter Park Bach Festival Orchestra. Recent recitals have been in Delaware, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee.
In addition to teaching at UCF, Dr. Kraut is Educational/Artistic Director for A Gift for Music- a string program that provides free instruments and instruction to 900 inner city children in Orlando.
Dr. Kraut was on the summer faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts for 9 summers and served as the Area Coordinator for Strings for 2 years. During the 2005-6 school year she was instructor of Cello at the Interlochen Arts Academy.
Dr. Kraut holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Iowa and Northwestern University. Dr. Kraut's principal instructors were Alan Harris and Hans Jorgen-Jensen. In addition, she has performed in master classes for such cellists as Yo-Yo Ma, Aldo Parisot, Tsuyoshi Tsitsumi, David Soyer and Frank Miller.