1. Hi Lila, I am interested in starting my daughter on cello. She is currently 7 years old and plays piano. She is learning from Gary Hammond (who suggested I contact you). Please let me know when would be a good time to chat. My home number 5102529126

  2. Joseph Falconer

    Hello Lila, it’s Joe Falconer. I observed two lessons this summer. I would like to send you a letter, if you would e-mail me your address. Best wishes!

  3. Joseph Falconer

    The address is

  4. Dearest Lila,
    I was thrilled to hear from Surin’s mom (my luckiest encounter in a very long time!!!) that you have a website.
    Mason and I think of you often. He has been in Taiwan since last May. When I am not traveling, I split my time between Larchmont and Manhattan. It would be really really wonderful if you would have time in the near future to let me take you out and catch up, either here in Westchester or in the City.
    I miss those Saturdays sitting in your living room listening to your teaching.
    Looking forward to hearing from you!!

  5. Hi Jane,

    I am afraid I do not check my website email so often. I just saw your note, but Mimi mentioned she had run into you recently. I think of you and Mason often too and am very glad to hear how well you both seem to be doing. Of course, I would love to see you sometime. It is probably better to email me directly at

    Best wishes,

  6. Bernie Tamosaitis

    Hi Lila,
    it was great running into you recently at Tarisio. Great web site! best wishes Bernie Tamosaitis

  7. Johan Schalkwyk

    Want to start lessons. Please email me for contact info.

  8. Hi, my daughter is interested in taking cello lessons. Are you taking new students?

  9. Please contact me at914-231-5664 to discuss lessons

    Lila Ainsworth

  10. Lila, Patti Preiss here!! Got a gig (piano trio) for February 28 and need a good cellist (have a wonderful violinist already). 4:00 pm. 5 minutes of music, There is pay, don’t know how much yet. Please call or write! Looking forward to catching up!! Patti

  11. Dear Lila,

    My name is Rachel Evans and I am helping put together an orchestra of students and professionals for Daisy Jopling’s “Awake” concert. It is a mentoring orchestra opportunity for very advanced students playing music of different styles/genres from all over the world. I am wondering if you have or know any very advanced violin, bass, cello, horn or percussion students who might be interested in auditioning for this opportunity.

    This website has applications and addition repertoire:

    Please feel free to pass this on to other teachers as well. We would be very grateful.

    All best,
    Rachel Evans

    “Curving back within myself I create again and again.” Bhagavad Gita

  12. Christine Liao

    Hi Lila!

    My family and I recently(2 weeks ago) moved to Pound Ridge from Los Angeles. I’m looking for a cello teacher for my daughter, Cami Bly. Cami is 11 years old, she plays cello and piano. Cami has been taking cello lessons for 5 years with Kathleen Hougesen in L.A. She currently studies Suzuki Book 9 and Bach Six Suites. She was in LA Youth Orchestra for one year. Please let me know if you take new students. Look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.


  13. Wesley H Baldwin

    Hi, Lila. I am down in Atlanta for the ASTA convention, and just me Jill Schultz. Upon learning that I am a cellist, she immediately started singing your praises. I will hope to get to meet you at some point, but thought you would enjoy knowing that Jill is your greatest fan, and that you are being lauded in Atlanta this weekend. Cheers. Wes

  14. Nilofer Kreonidis

    Hi Lila
    I am interested in cello lessons for my 9 year-old son. He has two years of experience and is about to begin orchestra at school. I look forward to hearing from you.

  15. Hello Nilofer—You may call me at 914 23 -5664 to discuss.

  16. Hello, Ms. Ainsworth,
    Dr. Schultz highly recommended you as a cello teacher for our daughter, who is in fourth grade and is in orchestra with Dr. Schultz at Fox Meadow. Are you available to give private lessons? Thank you.

  17. Hi Lila,

    I am a fellow cellist and educator in the area. Would love to connect for many reasons, but wanted to let you know about a new youth orchestra I am starting this fall. Would love to have any of your amazing cello students in the group/ I look forward to hearing from you.

    respectfully yours,


  18. Hi Charles, I will wait to hear a little more about your orchestra….ie age range and level, audition requirements etc. Sounds like an exciting venture.


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  22. My friend recommended you to us. My daughter, 9 and half, has been learning practicing cello since last September. We are considering changing cello teacher. I am not sure whether you have opening this fall?

  23. Curtis Parker

    Good afternoon, Dr. Jill Schultz was effusive in her recommendation of you for lessons for our daughter. Please contact me ( at your leisure, as we would like to discuss this possibility further. Thank you!

  24. Ajish Aravindakshan-Nair

    Hi Lila,
    My name is Ajish Nair, a resident in Ardsley. My son Kesavan is a fifth grade struggling in his school Cello class. Wondering whether he can have Cello class. Thank you
    Ajish Nair

  25. Hello Ajish

    At the moment I am not taking new students. I would recommend you contact Nada Radulovich who has some other cello students in Ardsley.

    Good luck

  26. Alexandra Deegan

    Hello Lila!
    Not sure sure if you remember me as your student in the 1970’s in Concord, MA? Your teaching made me appreciate classical music and am now such a fan of cello – esp. Yoyo Ma – due to you. I’m now 59 and looking to start cello all over again for a work-life balance in Portsmouth, NH. Not looking to engage you, as I see you are very busy, but would love to reconnect on a personal level. You made a big difference in my teenage life, and I wish to thank you for that! My father is still alive at age 97 and is also my inspiration in the joy of classical music. Cheers, Alexandra Deegan

  27. Hello Alexandra

    I remember you fondly and it is so exciting to hear from you. I am very glad you still love the cello and plan to take it up again. Do you still have a cello or will you go on a cello and bow search in order to begin your studies again? Believe it or not, I saved a few very old student programs and found a few that include you in the performers. In December of 1975 you performed the Gavotte by Gossec and the Sonata in C major by Breval. in March, 1975 you played 3 German Dances by Beethoven. In 1976 You played Celito Lindo by Fernandez and Habanera from Carmen. In March of 1978 you played Geisha Girl (anonymous) and Menuetto by Mozart and in June of 1978 it seems we played 2 cello duos together (Minuet by Bach and Maestoso by Schetky). In later years all of my programs were done on the computer and no need to save hard copies. For some reason, I saved some of the programs from my Boston days. I am so glad I did. I have heard from a few students from those times and it helps to refresh my memory. Do you remember Charlie Atkins who also performed on the same programs? A few years ago he messaged me he was a professor of psychiatry at Yale and wrote a book about a crazy cellist. I now see it is on Amazon (Prodigy: A Novel of Suspense)

    I am still teaching cello and am much better at it than I was in my 20’s. (I recently turned 73) Teaching, like cello playing continues to evolve.. I feel very fortunate that I can continue to do something I love. I live in the New York area and have been teaching over zoom during the worst of the pandemic. However, now I am mostly back to in person teaching. I hope you find a good teacher in your area. I would love to hear more about what you have been up to all these years. It is much better to have lessons in person, especially when starting up after so many years. However, if you need temporary help feel free to contact me if you want to meet on zoom. Please email at

    My very best wishes…..

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