Paul Gronquist - Maestro Makers - Music Lessons & Instruction
portrait of Maestro Makers cello instructor Paul Gronquist

Paul Gronquist

Cello Instructor

Paul holds a Bachelors of Music from UW-Stevens Point and a Master’s degree in Performance from the internationally acclaimed University of Cincinnati–College Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Lee Fiser and received chamber music coaching from the Tokyo and LaSalle String Quartets. His orchestral work includes the San Antonio Symphony, Austin Symphony, Wisconsin Philharmonic, La Crosse Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with many other prolific organizations. During his residency in Austin, TX, Paul maintained a studio of over 30 students and collaborated with artists such as Doc Severinsen, Andrea Bocelli, Rod Stewart, The Beach Boys, and P. Diddy. Paul returned to Wisconsin in 2015 and enjoys hiking and biking.


  • Paul taught our 15-16 year old son, Nicholas, cello until he relocated to Wisconsin last year. Nicholas was an introductory cello student–but played piano, violin, and trumpet for a number of years prior to taking up the cello. Paul was an energizing instructor with the skill, patience, and zeal for music that sparked Nicholas' passion in a way that a "conventional" teacher could not have. I particularly liked that Paul sensed Nicholas' passion and motivated him to work hard while enjoying the journey. I personally appreciate musicianship and immediately recognized Paul's skill at interpreting, playing, and communicating the inner workings of classical cello. I also saw that Nicholas resonated with Paul and learned more effectively as a result.

    Scott Cummings