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When she began playing cello at age four, Steph Dye knew she wanted to be a famous solo classical cellist when she grew up because she adored Yo-yo Ma and Jacqueline DuPre. At age 12, though, after eight years of classical training, she was introduced to Apocalyptica, a Finnish metal cello band, and began a slightly different journey. She developed a passion for pop, rock, and metal music, first starting with simple cello arrangements of Apocalyptica tracks and now writing intricate cello versions (ranging from trios to octets) of the music of Ozzy Osbourne, The Strokes, Britney Spears, Rage Against The Machine, Lana del Rey, and more.
This year, Steph performed with Primus on their new album tour, "Primus and the Chocolate Factory," at a sold-out show at the Orpheum Theater in Boston. Steph has also had the honor of performing with artists such as Bill Whelan, Luis Enrique, Siedah Garrett, Patti Austin, A. R. Rahman, Rachel Barton Pine, and has been featured four times with the Mark Wood Experience. In 2013, she was selected to perform with Mark Wood at the MuzArt World Foundation concert "We Are Hope" for a crowd of 20,000. Various cello masters, including Lynn Harrell, Sara Sant'Ambrogio, and Zoe Keating, have all lauded her "passion" and "spirit."
Steph Dye has served as Principal Cellist of the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra has performed with the Berklee World Strings. She often performs in the Berklee Performance Center, the college's flagship performance space, which offers a wide variety of concerts. Currently, she is an ninth semester student and studies with Owen Young and the Berklee String Chair, Dr David Wallace.