Bas de Rode Cellist Teacher Musician


Having fun while learning

I have been teaching cello with great pleasure for many years. Playing music with other musicians – from small ensembles to large orchestras – is one of the most enjoyable parts of making music. From playing music together you learn a lot: besides having lots of fun, you learn to listen to each other for example. Therefore, I spend a great deal of the lessons on ensemble playing. Of course we’ll also work on hearing training, reading notes, music theory and posture behind the instrument.

Playing the cello is for people of all ages (minimum age of students for me is 5 years old) and of all levels. Whether you would like to learn the basics of playing the cello or to take your playing to a higher level, please feel free to contact me for more information about lessons and to book a trial lesson.

Making music together

Perhaps you already play with a pianist or other musicians. Maybe you have an ensemble and you are looking for someone to listen to the overall balance and to give some pointers. I teach and coach music ensembles of many different instruments (for example piano trio or string quartet) and offer coaching sessions alongside my regular lessons.

My lessons are held on a weekly basis. I offer 30, 45 and 60-minute lessons, depending on age, level and desire.

The lessons can take place at various locations. Cello lessons in Amsterdam are held at my Studio, cello lessons in Lisse are held at Floralis, where the Symphony Orchestra Bloembollenstreek also practices. Very convenient to take your lesson immediately before or after orchestra practice! For cello lessons in Vogelenzang and cello lessons in Heemstede, I also have a facility available.

When you live in or close to one of the following cities, lessons can also be addressed at your home:

  • Amsterdam
  • Haarlem
  • Heemstede/Aerdenhout
  • Omgeving Lisse
  • Purmerend
  • Vogelenzang

Check the price list for rates and extra charges.


Being an all-round cellist, I often play with professional orchestras and chamber music ensembles. Together with Naomi Tamura I form a piano duo. I also enjoy performing solo concertos with amateur orchestras.

I love working with amateur orchestras: I have often done coaching at group rehearsals.

If you are looking for a musician or ensemble to play at your wedding, corporate event, dinner, funeral or any other official occasion, feel free to contact me. I offer with a wide-ranging repertoire, varying from Bach to 21st century.

Student opinions

Sabine & Paul (10)

Was für ein kompetenter und zugleich einfühlsamer und humorvoller Cellolehrer, der noch dazu fließend Deutsch spricht! Ein großer Glücksfall für unseren 10-jährigen Sohn. Unbedingt empfehlenswert!“

Julie (10)

Hi, my name is Julie, and I am 10 years old. I’ve played the cello for 3 years now, and I love it.
Bas is a kind teacher, who takes the time to explain when you ask something. Ik think he is a good cello teacher, because he has a sense of humour, and teaches you at the same time. And I hope I will learn from him for the next 100 years!

Isabelle (10)

I just love playing together with him!

Anastassiya & Sophie (6)

Sebastian’s teaching method works wonderfully for my 6 year old daughter, who really enjoys his playfully engaging and very patient, gentle approach. She loves the quickly learned “cool cello tricks” he often gives at the end of the class to keep the motivation going.

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