Cello Faculty

Bai-Chi Chen

Ms. Bai-Chi Chen, cellist, has extensive experience both as a performer and teacher. Based in the Baltimore metropolitan area, she performs chamber music frequently in string quartets, piano trios, and cello sonatas.  For over 10 years she taught at Goucher College in Towson, MD and served as a member of the Goucher Piano Trio during that time.  Twice invited as a performer at the World Cello Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia and in Baltimore, MD, she maintains an active performing career in the city she considers home.

Ms. Chen has been teaching at The Peabody Institute since 1990. As a full-time faculty member, she teaches pedagogy, Suzuki cello, and adult cello. In addition, serving as the coordinator of the Suzuki cello program at the Peabody Preparatory, she deeply believes in Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s teaching philosophy that “every child can,” and she is also committed to educating the whole person, regardless of that student’s age, level, or ability. Her love for humankind led her to believe, as Pablo Casals once said, “perhaps it is music that will save the world.” For her dedication to and her accomplishments with her cello students, Ms. Chen was the recipient of the “Excellence in Teaching Award” at Peabody in 2009.  Deeply committed in cultivating musical talent in the Asia region, Ms. Chen has traveled to countries such as China, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand for many years during the summer to share her love of teaching to young teachers.

After acquiring a solid foundation as a musician in Taiwan, Ms. Chen moved to the United States to complete her education. As a teenager, she studied with Margaret Rowell at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. After receiving a Bachelor of music degree there, she continued her education at the Yale School of Music, studing with Aldo Parisot, where she earned her Master of Music degree. She received her training as a Suzuki teacher at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford Connecticut, Ithaca College in New York, and The School for Strings in New York City.


Herrick Ortiz

Herrick is a member of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO). He first studied cello under his aunt Remedios Isleta, then with Eduardo Pasamba and Herminia Ilano. He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Music under Prof. Wilfredo Pasamba and Eduardo Pasamba.

As a student, he was a member of the Philippine Research for Developing Instrumental Soloists (PREDIS) and the Manila Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO). Also, he won honorable mention at the 1999 National Music Competition for Young Artists. In 2004, he attended his first Asia Suzuki Conference in Taiwan, then followed other Suzuki Confernces in Japan, Korea, and Indonesia and studied under renowned Suzuki teacher trainers from Korea Prof. Hyun Minja, Professor Lee Si Ok and lately from United States of America under Professor Gilda Barston.

Currently, Herrick teaches Suzuki Cello at Greenhills Music Studio and Philippine Suzuki Association (PSA) and already finished his Suzuki training under the supervision of ASA (Asia Suzuki Association).