Charles Tyler is a rising cellist who has performed live on radio stations in Cleveland and Chicago and in concert venues around the world. He was named the winner of the 2006 Cleveland Institute of Music's Concerto Competition and was recently the top prizewinner of the 2012 Osaka International Music Competition. Tyler served as a Vorspieler member of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan for three seasons where he also performed in numerous chamber music and solo recital concerts. He has participated in the Tanglewood Music Center, Lorin Maazel's Castleton Festival and was principal cellist of the National Repertory Orchestra. Tyler's principal teachers include Richard Aaron, Michel Strauss and Joel Krosnick. He has received degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School and participated in an exchange with the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris.