Wesley Skinner holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Dr. Melissa Kraut. He has previously studied with Richard Weiss, Bradley Mansell, and Bob Story; and he has performed in solo master classes for Yo-Yo Ma, Zuill Bailey, Andres Diaz, and David Ying. As an avid teacher in the northeastern Ohio area, Wesley has been on faculty of the CIM preparatory program since 2014. Wesley won top prizes in the 2015 Paducah Symphony Young Artist Competition in Kentucky, the 2015 Tennessee Cello Workshop; and in the spring of 2014, the CIM Concerto Competition. Recently, Wesley became a prize winner in the Lewisville Lake Symphony International String Competition. This past summer, Wesley toured with the world renowned punk rock band Say Anything on their national tour as well as the parallel tour of Neo Camerata (music by Mark Landson and Thiago Nascimento) for a total of 55 concerts in 42 days.