Madeleine (Maddie)Tucker, Principal Cello
(Interview from 2018-2019 Season by Lily O’Brien)
Madeleine Tucker is now in her second season as principal cellist with the Marin Symphony. Passionate about both math and music, she earned a degree in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University and a Master of Music in Cello Performance at The Julliard School. While still in school, she founded a cello ensemble called String Theory, that performed all over the country in a variety of genres, including classical, pop, jazz, electronic and more.
What do you like about playing with Marin Symphony?
The Marin Symphony is a group of spectacular human beings. The repertoire we play is the perfect mix of new and traditional. The people, both the musicians and the administration, are welcoming, genuine, and talented, and it’s such a pleasure to work with our music director Alasdair.
How did you come to play the cello—did you try any other instruments?
I started piano when I was three, and I really liked it. My sister played the violin, so she got to play chamber music with other string players, and I really wanted to do that too. So I chose the cello [at age seven] and I really enjoyed it, so I switched.
How often and for how long do you practice?
I practice between one and three hours every day. Once you get out of shape, it’s really hard to get back in shape, and I don’t want to lose it.