Bryan West is a freelance cellist and composer who has been living in Brooklyn since 2012. A musical omnivore, he started playing cello at 8 years old, and has played everything from baroque operas to electro-pop to experimental indie rock, as well as off-Broadway showcases and contemporary classical premieres. He studied cello performance and music composition on a full scholarship at UCLA, where his primary teachers were Antonio Lysy (cello), Mark Carlson (composition) and Paul Chihara (composition/orchestration). While at UCLA, he also studied baroque cello with Elisabeth Le Guin. He has participated in master classes with Mihai Tetel (cello), Rohan de Saram (cello), Guillaume Sutre (Ysaye Quartet), Jennifer Culp (Kronos Quartet), and members of the LA Philharmonic.
Currently, Bryan is enjoying the rich music scene offered by New York City, where he regularly plays in a variety of classical music ensembles, indie bands, and singer-songwriters. In addition to being a regular member of the String Orchestra of Brooklyn since October 2014, he is also in VALES, who released their debut album in March 2015.