Seattle cellist Gretchen Yanover creates spacious string atmospheres woven with warm melodies, performed on her electric cello and looping pedal. She began her musical life in Seattle Public Schools, falling in love with the sound of the cello. Gretchen pursued both performance and music education at University of Washington, embracing an interwoven path of teaching and performing. Ms Yanover guided students in music for 17 years, while at the same time growing her own solo performing career. Gretchen was introduced to a loop sampler around the year 2000, and it changed her musical life, inspiring her to improvise and compose. She has 4 solo albums to date.
Gretchen performs extensively throughout the region as a soloist on her electric cello, while continuing to have an identity as a classical musician. She has played with Northwest Sinfonietta orchestra since 1998, and is a member of NW Sinfonietta’s DEI task force, working to make meaningful changes in the classical music culture, along with creating connections in the community.
Gretchen loves exploring places on foot, cooking vegan dishes, reading, and social tango dancing.