Gal Faganel is an acclaimed cello performer, teacher, coach, and recording artist. He has been praised in the press for his “exceptionally sensitive interpretation,” his “powerful and beautiful tone,” and his “brilliant virtuosity and youthful vigor.”As a performer, Faganel is frequently heard in recital, in chamber music concerts and as a soloist with orchestra throughout North America and Europe. He is a winner of a number of competitions including the International Cello Competition “Antonio Janigro” in Croatia, the American String Teacher’s Association Competition in California, and the Slovenian National Competition as a soloist and with piano trio. Since 2006, Faganel has been researching, cataloging, performing, and recording music for cello by Slovenian composers. He has also made numerous archival recordings and has performed in live broadcasts for National Radio Slovenia, Holland Radio, Classical KUSC in Los Angeles, and KBAQ in Phoenix, and the Colorado Public Radio. He received a doctorate degree from the University of Southern California. His mentors include Eleonore Schoenfeld, Nathaniel Rosen, Daniel Rothmuller, Peter Marsh, and Dobrila Berković-Magdalenić. Faganel greatly enjoys teaching cello and coaching chamber music as a professor at the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to his academic appointment, he served as the principal cellist of the Phoenix Symphony. Faganel regularly conducts master classes and teaches at summer music programs in the United States and Europe.