Renata Bratt chairs the American String Teachers Association’s Eclectic Styles Committee. She is the Kuumbwa Jazz Artist in the Schools and teaches cello and beginning string orchestra in Santa Cruz, California. She has taught classical styles, jazz improvisation and fiddling at international string workshops including Alasdair Fraser’s fiddle camps, SHISSF, New Directions Cello Festival, Wintergrass, Mandolin Symposium, ASTA, MENC and Suzuki institutes. Renata has played back-up with luminaries such as Darol Anger, Liz Carroll, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Lyle Lovett, and Dionne Warwick. Rolling Stone dubbed her an "ace performer" for her work with alternative rocker Cindy Lee Berryhill's Garage Orchestra. She tours with Cindy Lee Berryhill (rock), Mountain Time (eclectic string quartet) and Reel of Seven (Scottish Dance Band). Her CDs range from meditative relaxation music to uptempo and soulful Celtic and Americana. Those CDs, “Woven,” “Celtic Conversations,” “A Slice of Summer,” “Great Big Taters,” “Sunset Cello” and “Pacific Cello” are available through iTunes. She received her Ph.D. in Music from UC San Diego and is a former president of the Suzuki Music Association of California. Renata Bratt’s arrangements and books are published by Mel Bay, Alfred and Strings. See more at her website here.