Randolph Fromme

Cellist and creative artist

Throughout his musical studies, inspiring mentors, colleagues, family and friends all helped to put Randolph Fromme on a course to choose the life of a professional musician.  From the small town of Ladysmith, Wisconsin to his current home of San Francisco, the journey coursed from local Suzuki concerts to international performances and master classes.  

Randolph has performed with his wife, pianist Shu Li, and taught both in the U.S. and China. He is an avid chamber musician whose collaborations include performances with Frederica von Stade, Donald and Vivian Weilerstein and guitarist Paul Galbraith. Former string quartets include the Del Sol and Oberon. He has played and recorded with jazz and rock musicians including Kenny Werner, Dmitri Matheny and Jeff Marrs and the Kadane brothers of The New Year. 

He enjoys sharing his love of music with students of all ages, and currently teaches cello and chamber music in the San Francisco Conservatory PreCollege . He has also taught cello at UC Santa Cruz, given master classes at the Universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin and internationally in Taiwan and China. 

Studies include UW Eau Claire, UM Minneapolis and the San Francisco Conservatory, with respective instructors Paul Kosower, Tanya Remenikova, Clive Greensmith and Jean Michel Fonteneau. He has also studied with Martin Lovett, Janos Starker, Joel Krosnick and Gunther Schuller among others in both solo and chamber music settings.  

Fromme’s main focus has been on pedagogy, and he is now turning his attention to more comprehensive approaches of online instruction through his website,, and producing music of various genres. 

Randolph and Shu have three children, all of whom play cello and piano, and their best friend is goldendoodle, Finley Fromme.