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John Eckstein

Adjunct Professor, Cello

MM Northern Illinois University
BM Eastman School of Music

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Cellist John Eckstein joined the University of Utah music faculty in 1992. Since that time he has been mentor to an entire generation of Utah's finest young cellists. Past students include members of major American orchestras; top freelance players, successful studio teachers as well as many of the cellists in the Orchestra at Temple Square. His student’s have won the University of Utah concerto competition on six occasions.

John joined the Utah Symphony in June of 1990. Previously Associate Principal Cello of the New Orleans Symphony and Principal Cello of the Omaha Symphony, John enjoys a varied musical life of orchestral, chamber and solo playing, in addition to his teaching duties at the University of Utah.

After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, John received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. His Master of Music was completed under the tutelage of famed cellist Raya Garbousova. Other teachers have included Steven Doane, Ralph Kishbaum, Ron Leonard, Richard Kapuschinski and Dennis Brott.

Mr. Eckstein was a founding member of the Abramyan String Quartet. Quartet in residence at the University of Utah, the Abramyan premiered countless contemporary American works, recording many. With the Abramyan he concertized extensively throughout the United States as well as Japan on six occasions, performing hundreds of outreach and children’s concerts in addition to formal engagements.

In 2004, John served as Principal Cellist with the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand. In addition to his orchestral duties there, he was featured soloist on several occasions. John is also a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival and has appeared repeatedly on virtually every chamber music series in Utah.

When he isn't playing the cello, he can be found skiing, golfing, or playing with his two children Nina and Jamie.

Courses Taught

  • Cello - Private Lessons
Last Updated: 9/25/17