Perhaps one of the most emotionally moving, mysterious instruments of all is the cello. A vital member of the orchestra, the cello is used successfully in many different ways to evoke or emphasize a feeling the composer wishes to have conveyed.
Over the past several decades the cello has become more prominent in other genres of music as well, including pop, movie/TV soundtracks and jazz. Students young and old alike are often mesmerized by the rich sound this instrument creates, and want to learn how to play it themselves.
The cello does not necessarily need to be played within the context of an ensemble, it is a wonderful solo instrument as well.