Gal Faganel is an acclaimed cello performer, teacher, coach, and recording artist. He has been praised in the press for his “exceptionally sensitive interpretation” (Slovenec – Slovenia), his “powerful and beautiful tone” (Dornse Krant – Netherlands), and his “brilliant virtuosity and youthful vigor” (Primorske Novice – Slovenia). 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 the founder and artistic director of the Arizona Chamber Orchestra, a conductor-less ensemble. Until 2010 he served as the acting principal cellist of the Phoenix Symphony. He is a winner of a number of international competitions including the International Cello Competition “Antonio Janigro” in Croatia, he won the American String Teacher’s Association Competition in California. Since 2006 Faganel has been researching, cataloging, performing, and recording music for cello by Slovenian composers. He has also done live broadcasts and archival recordings for National Radio Slovenia, Holland Radio, Classical KUSC in Los Angeles, and KBAQ in Phoenix. 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. He regularly conducts master classes and teaches at summer music programs in the United States and Europe. Innovative teaching approaches utilizing video conferencing technology allow Faganel to be accessible to students worldwide.