"Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart." Pablo Casals
Harris Banksis a cellist based in Philadelphia. He earned his music degree from Presbyterian College in South Carolina, where he studied under Dr. Richard Thomas. At PC, he was awarded first prize in the Orval Oleson Performance Competition in 2018, and second prize in 2019. He also participated in masterclasses with world renowned cello teachers Irene Sharp and Robert Jesselson. Since 2020, Harris has been pursuing his Master of Music in Cello Performance at the Boyer College of Music & Dance at Temple University under the direction of the brilliant cello pedagogue Jeffrey Solow. While at Temple, Harris was principal cello in the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, participated in several opera productions, played in the Temple University New Music Ensemble under Jan Krzywicki, and taught cello students in the Community Music Scholars Program at Temple Prep. Harris is thrilled to teach young cellists in the region by using these wonderful experiences and the lessons he learned from his brilliant teachers.