Cellist Elliott Cheney holds Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in cello performance from the University of Texas, where he studied with Phyllis Young. He has been the Principal Cellist of the National Symphony of Costa Rica, and The Savannah Symphony, and has been a member of the Austin Symphony and the Knoxville Symphony. Cheney has also served on the faculties of the University of Costa Rica, Southwestern University, Armstrong College, and the University of Tennessee. He currently is a faculty member in the Music School at University of Utah.
Cheney is active as a solo cellist, and has recently performed concertos by Saint-Saens, Dvorak, Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi, as well as the Brahms Double Concerto and the Beethoven Triple Concerto. He also gives frequent recitals, and has performed numerous recitals throughout the United States and Canada, as well Brazil, Austria and Spain.
Cheney is also in demand as a teacher and clinician at festivals and institutes.. His performing and teaching activities have taken him to Hawaii, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Louisiana, Florida, New York, Ohio, Canada, Brazil, Costa Rica, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France. He has composed several pieces for children, two of which are published by Alfred Music in the Solos for Young Cellists series. When flying with an extra seat for his cello, he always makes sure the airlines serve his cello dinner.