Ezgi Yargici is an accomplished cellist and teaching artist. She graduated from Bilkent University with Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance and Temple University with Master of Music degree in both cello performance and string pedagogy. Additionally, she has done professional studies at Hartt School of Music.
As an active freelance cellist, Ezgi performs with several orchestras in and around Philadelphia area and throughout the United States, either as a principal or a section member. She has appeared with Kennett Symphony, Great Hall Chamber Ochestra, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Vox Ama Deus, Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Garden State Philharmonic, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Wilmington Ballet, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, New Jersey Capital Philharmonic, La Fiocco. She also performed in various venues such as Verizon Hall at Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, Kennedy Center Washington D.C., and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, as well as other venues in Canada, Belgium, China, and Turkey. Ezgi is also an avid performer on baroque cello and is active in comissioning new works for that instrument. Besides her enthusiasm in playing music in different genres and settings like orchestras, quartets, trios, contemporary, and baroque ensembles, she is also interested in organizing community outreach recitals for solo instruments or chamber music groups.
As a teaching artist, Ezgi works with individual students of all ages and levels as well as groups in various school programs. Currently, she provides private instruction of cello and beginner piano as well as coaching chamber groups in her studio "Ezgi's Cello Club", works at Shipley School, Tune Up Philly, and Symphony in C after school program. Her main teaching approach is mixing essential technical instruction using the Orff method with games to make her students enjoy their time learning music. Ezgi also builds on her martial art experience as a 1st Dan black belt which enables her to not only teach the appropriate technique for the instrument but also teach the body mechanics for comfortable playing.