Cheney Cellists

Elliott Ward Cheney

Cellist Elliott Cheney holds Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in cello performance from the University of Texas, where he studied with Phyllis Young.  He has been the Principal Cellist of the National Symphony of Costa Rica, and The Savannah Symphony, and has been on the faculties of the University of Costa Rica, Southwestern University, Armstrong College, and the University of Tennessee.   He currently is Associate Professor on the music faculty at the University of Utah where he teaches Introduction to Music, cello, and coaches string quartets.

Elliott is active as a solo cellist, and has recently performed concertos by Saint-Saens, Dvorak, Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi, as well as the Brahms Double Concerto and the Beethoven Triple Concerto.  In addition, he has recently performed over two weekend concerts, the complete solos Suites by J. S. Bach.  He also gives frequent recitals, and has performed numerous recitals in Salt Lake on the University of Utah School of Music’s series Sundays at Seven, but also throughout the United States and Canada, as well Brazil, Austria and Spain.

With his wife, Carey, the Cheney's maintain a large cello studio, teaching all ages, from three-year-olds on up.  With the large numbers in their studios, they enjoy having group activities together, such as group lessons, and student solo recitals, as well as taking students on musical trips near and far. They have recently formed a family cello trio with their son, Livingston, who is almost 17 years old.  They are looking forward to performing together more and more in the future.

Elliott is also in demand as a teacher and clinician at festivals and institutes. His performing and teaching activities have taken him to Hawaii, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Louisiana, Florida, New York, Ohio, Canada, Brazil, Costa Rica, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and Mexico.  When flying with an extra seat for his cello, he always makes sure the airlines serve his cello dinner.


Elliott is a passionate antique car hobbyist, restoring cars whenever he is not practicing.  He has a 1947 Pontiac woodie wagon, 1953 Chrysler New Yorker, 1953 Morgan roadster, 1946 Chevrolet Fleetmaster convertible and a 1967 MGB.