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On Deck with Angela Rose Padula

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In this episode of On Deck, Raúl Gómez chats with 13-year-old Angela Rose Padula, a young cellist with an already impressive artistic résumé.

Her latest accomplishment is to have been selected by Niel DePonte to perform at the 26th Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Concerto Concert on June 4, 2021. This concert, produced by COGNIZART (formerly MetroArts Inc), will allow Angela Rose to perform as a soloist accompanied by a full orchestra that includes members of the Oregon Symphony. As impressive as this is, this will not be her solo debut: she performed with the Oregon Mozart Players in February of 2019.

Angela Rose has been a student of Hamilton Cheifetz since she and her family moved to the Portland area from California in 2018. When she’s not practicing, she enjoys playing classical and Celtic music with her two brothers, learning languages, and caring for her twelve chickens and bunny.


Angela Rose Padula is 13 years old and in the 8th grade. She began playing violin as a toddler, following the example of her older brothers. At 7, Angela Rose discovered her passion for cello and begged to begin lessons. From Fall 2016-Spring 2018 Angela Rose studied with Andrew Cook at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. In June 2018, after moving to the Portland area, Angela Rose began studying with Hamilton Cheifetz. 

In February 2019, Angela Rose won the junior division of the Oregon Mozart Players (OMP)Young Soloist Competition, and in May, performed as a soloist with OMP. In the spring of 2020, Angela Rose was accepted into the Perlman Music Program (PMP) and attended the Summer Music School (virtual for 2020). She will attend the Winter/Israel Residency (virtual), and in 2021 will again attend the 7-week PMP Summer Music School. (She hopes, along with the rest of PMP, that the summer program will return to Shelter Island, NY!)

Angela Rose was selected by Niel DePonte to perform at the 26th Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Concerto Concert, June 4, 2021, produced by COGNIZART, formerly MetroArts Inc.

Angela Rose has also played in a string trio with her brothers for 9 years. The trio also have a Celtic style fiddle band, Three for Joy. Besides loving music, Angela Rose enjoys studying languages (Latin, Greek, and French), and being outdoors running, hiking and exploring. She also loves spending time with her chickens and bunny.