Gaelynn Lea Tressler of Duluth, Minnesota discovered her love of music back in 4th grade when the orchestra came to her school. She fell in love with her first musical instrument, the cello.
Finding the cello too large to play, Gaelynn used creativity to figure out how to have a relationship with this instrument, and that began her journey of playing the cello as a violin.
When she plays, she says it’s a spiritual experience and feels connected to something bigger than herself.
Born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or brittle bones, Gaelynn experienced many fractures while in utero. Her legs and arms are small, and because most of her fractures occurred in her arms, this has made playing the violin in its traditional form more challenging and so playing as a cello just made more sense.