Thomas Loewenheim is Head of Strings, Professor of Cello, and Conductor of the University Orchestra at California State University Fresno. He is also Music Director of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno and Artistic Director of the Fresno Opera & Orchestra Summer Academy (FOOSA). Dr. Loewenheim enjoys an international career, combining cello performance, conducting, and teaching. He has toured North America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East, performing as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Dr. Loewenheim earned a doctorate in cello performance from the renowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied with Janos Starker and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and was mentored in conducting by David Effron. He received a master’s degree from the University of Michigan under Erling Blöndal Bengtsson and a bachelor’s degree from the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance in Jerusalem. He also took part in master classes with Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Antonio Meneses, Arto Noras, Aldo Parisot, William Pleeth, and Menahem Pressler, among others. He plays a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume cello, made in 1848.