Grammy Performer & Cellist - Kendall Ramseur at Arts at the Armory
On Friday, August 23rd at 8:00 p.m., Grammy performer, recording artist, singer, songwriter and composer - Kendall Ramseur will be performing live at Arts at the Armory. This event is FREE and all are welcome.
Kendall Ramseur is a singer-songwriter, composer and cellist from Charlotte, North Carolina. His mission and passion is to create positive, inspiring, and heart-felt experiences through music.
Kendall’s relationship with music began at age seven when his father purchased an upright piano for the family. No one could have fathomed that this gesture would open the chamber to Kendall’s talents and ultimately, his career.
While excelling in his piano studies, Kendall found his instrument of choice at age ten, “My orchestra teacher laid all the instruments on the floor in the class room and told each student to stand by the instrument of their choice… the cello really sparked something in me”. Kendall chose the cello that day, and one of the ways he would express himself chose him.
Kendall is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). He studied cello with Dr. Brooks Whitehouse. While at UNCSA, he achieved various honors including: a radio debut on WDAV performing the first movement of Edouard Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D minor(2007), accompanied Ethan Stiefel principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in Tchaikovsky’s Pas de Deux from “Swan Lake”(2008), a member of the 2008 Grammy Awards Orchestra, an Artist-in Residence with an affiliate of the Grammy Awards Orchestra, along with acceptance and participation in the “2010 Bernard Greenhouse Cello Festival” in Los Angeles(LA). While in LA, Kendall gave several cello recitals dedicated toward building unity and compassion for mankind through music. The most memorable of these performances was the concert devoted to the earthquake victims of Haiti.
However, Kendall’s most inspirational performance to date would be accepting the invitation of playing cello for Dr. Maya Angelou at her residence. He played his original composition “How Far I’ve Come” to commemorate her eightieth birthday, “It was a performance that lead to tears, and healing for the body and soul. A performance I will never forget!”says Kendall.
Upon graduating UNCSA, Kendall matriculated to Boston University’s College of Fine Arts (BU) where he received his Master’s of Music in Cello Performance with Marc Johnson, member of the Vermeer String Quartet.
However, being in Boston expanded Kendall’s scope of musical expression. At BU he finds himself experimenting with many genres of music. He enjoys fusing the sounds of different genres with classical elements learned through conservatory training. Furthermore he is an active member of the Inner Strength Gospel Choir at BU.
Through various experiences and interactions, Kendall realizes he can utilize many of his talents by combining his skills of: composition, singing, piano and cello playing by becoming an entertainer and Recording Artist.
Since then Kendall has received sponsorship for his first album of all original works. Kendall’s album T.I.M.E. was released on Saturday, April 27th 2013.