Cello, Violin, Viola
Ana Caban began her music training during elementary school at the island of Puerto Rico. Her first instrument was the soprano recorder and she also was taught how to sing in the school choir. After graduating into 7th grade at age 12, she applied and assisted Escuela Libre de Music in Hato Rey Puerto Rico where she was discovered to have perfect pitch ability. She never met the great cellist Pablo Casals but by learning about his residence and good reputation in the island, she decided to pick up the cello.
In 1993, she auditioned and was selected to perform for world famous cellist Yo-Yo-Ma in a masterclass which took place in Melbourne Florida. After his masterclass she decided to study cello more seriously so she continued her college courses graduating in 1998 from the Florida State University School of Music. Shortly later that year, she wanted to continue studying more string technique so she moved to Portugal and traveled to the city of Madrid in Spain. In Madrid she studied with Maria de Macedo (Assistant professor of Jano Starker and Pierre Fournier.) In 2008, Ana moved to the state of Nevada. She enrolled at University of Nevada Las Vegas and decided to attend review cello lessons with Dr. Andrew Smith for one semester.
While in Nevada she worked full time as a private music teacher at a local private music school and performed occasionally at weddings and events, with most of her students passing challenging exams or auditions. Now that Ana is in the Deltona area, she is a part of the Viol Club of Central Florida in Clermont, and she performs with the Maitland Symphony Orchestra.
She has picked up the violin and viola as well as all the instruments from the viol family (antecessor of the violin family). Ana is willing to teach all forms of medieval & contemporary music and is optimistic about incoming students of all ages. She wants her students to be able to compete and survive in the demanding music field. She is a powerful motivator and has developed her own teaching philosophy against pessimism. Her favorite quote is “practice makes perfect."