The J. Ryan Selberg Memorial Chair
Rainer Eudeikis joins the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera as Principal Cellist starting in the 2014-2015 season, having been recently appointed by Maestro Thierry Fischer while still a student at the Curtis Institute of Music. He is also Principal Cellist of the Central City Opera, a position he has held since 2012.
Past performances include the U.S. premiere of renowned composer Bright Sheng's "The Blazing Mirage" for Solo Cello and String Orchestra (Bright Sheng conducting) at Music From Angel Fire, solo appearances with the Indiana University Chamber and Baroque Orchestras, performances with the Starling Chamber Players (alongside IU Professors Alex Kerr and Eric Kim), a tour of Andalucía, Spain as Guest Principal Cellist of the Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra, a live film-scoring project with Dallas-based contemporary music ensemble Voices of Change, and other recital appearances around the United States.
He has participated in numerous international festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), Britten-Pears Programme at Aldeburgh (UK), and the Académie Musicale Internationale de Vaison-la-Romaine (France). Rainer was a two-year fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and was a member of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall (directed by Jaime Laredo), where he was Principal Cellist in 2011.
Also an enthusiastic performer of Baroque and Classical repertoire on period instruments, Rainer has studied closely with renowned Baroque violinist Stanley Ritchie. He has performed on period instruments in concerto, recital, and orchestral settings, and has worked under conductors Gary Wedow, Paul McCreesh, and Nicholas McGegan, among others.
Born in Texas in 1990, Rainer began cello studies at the age of six. Following studies in Colorado with Jurgen de Lemos, he attended the University of Michigan as a student of Richard Aaron, completing his B.M. in 3 years with highest honors. He received his M.M. from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Eric Kim. In May 2014, Rainer completed his Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley.
Cellist Matthew Johnson was recently appointed to the position of Associate Principal Cello of the Utah Symphony. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he studied with Ron Leonard and Andrew Shulman. Prior to his appointment with the Utah Symphony, Matthew was a member of the Kansas City Symphony for six seasons. While in Kansas City, Mr. Johnson was an active chamber musician as a member of the Bach Aria Soloists and the cello quartet, CelloRondo. In addition to maintaining a private teaching studio, Matthew was a faculty member of the Kansas City String Quartet Program. He has also participated in music festivals such as the Sarasota Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, where he served as principal cellist.
A musician with Utah roots, Matthew moved to Salt Lake City from Massachusetts when he was twelve years old. He was a student of Richard Hoyt and Utah Symphony cellist, John Eckstein. While attending Skyline High School, he performed with many ensembles led by musicians of the Utah Symphony. In 1997, Matthew was featured as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, after winning the Symphony's Youth Guild competition.
Mr. Johnson is married to violinist and former Kansas City Symphony member, Tina Cho Johnson. They have a six-month old daughter, Ella.
Cellist John Eckstein joined the Utah Symphony in June, 1990. Previously Associate Principal Cello of the New Orleans Symphony and Principal Cello of the Omaha Symphony, he 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, Mr. Eckstein received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. He completed his Master of Music 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. With the Abramyan he concertized extensively throughout the US as well as Japan on six occasions.
In 2004, he 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. Mr. Eckstein 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.
A native of Fresno, California, Walter Haman first learned to play the bass in public schools and at age 13 began playing the cello. His first solo appearance was the Elgar Cello Concerto at age 15 after winning his youth orchestra’s concerto competition. Since then he has performed throughout North America and Europe, been a guest cellist with Pink Martini, and has played with the San Francisco Symphony and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. In 2003 he became a member of the Utah Symphony Orchestra and in 2008 was appointed Principal Cellist of the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago, where he spends ten weeks each summer. He performs regularly on the NOVA Chamber Music Series, Intermezzo Chamber Music Series, and Vivaldi by Candlelight in Salt Lake City.
Walter participated in the Spoleto Festival (Italy) from 1998-2001 where he was principal cellist of the Festival Orchestra, a member of the Spoleto Festival String Quartet, and appeared as a soloist with the orchestra. He has also performed at the Crested Butte Music Festival, Bienalle di Venezia, and received fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival and Tanglewood.
During an Artist Residency in 2000 at the Banff Centre for the Arts he formed a collaboration with dancer/choreographer Jose Navas. As The Haman/Navas Project they spent the next two years performing in most of the major cities of Europe, Canada, and the United States music by Kodaly, Britten and Hovhaness. In 2003 filmmaker Laura Taler produced a documentary, "Perpetual Motion", about the duo which has appeared on Bravo. In 2011 he again joined with Jose Navas for a collaboration on the music of J.S. Bach in Bruges, Belgium.
His primary teachers were Nancy Skei, Irene Sharp at the San Francisco Conservatory, and Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory. He also worked with David Finckel in Aspen.
Walter plays a cello made by Vincenzo Rugeri in Cremona, 1697.
Cellist, Anne Lee, a native of Calgary, Alberta, started music lessons at the age of 5 and has since enjoyed appearances in several music festivals, including Casalmaggiore in Italy, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, the Banff Arts Festival, and the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. In 2003, Anne made her solo debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Music at McGill University with professors Antonio Lysy and Elizabeth Dolin. She then received her Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music with teacher Natasha Brofsky. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Alberta Foundation of the Arts grant and spent a year in Barcelona, Spain studying with Lluis Claret. Prior to joining the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera in 2011, Anne was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Aside from her love of performing the orchestral repertoire, Anne enjoys playing chamber music, teaching, and exploring the great outdoors with her husband Claude Halter.
Andrew Larson joined the Utah Symphony in September 2015. Prior to this achievement, Andrew held a fellowship at the New World Symphony. He has performed internationally as part of the Verbier Festival (CH), Schleswig-Holstein Festival (DE), Pacific Music Festival (JP), Spoleto Festival (US) and New York String Orchestra Seminar (US), benefitting from close contact with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, NDR Sinfonieorchester, and Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Larson regularly appears as a guest member of the Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra A Far Cry. As a chamber musician, he performed for two years with the Futura Quartet, participating in the 2011 Acade ́mie Internationale de Quatuors a ̀ McGill (Montreal, ON), and studying with Andre ́ Roy, Gerhard Schulz, Kim Kashkashian, Roger Tapping, and the Borromeo Quartet. Mr. Larson holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music, where his primary teachers were Paul Katz, Natasha Brofsky, and David Ying. Other influential teachers include Dorothea Figueroa (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and Ronald Feldman (retired, Boston Symphony Orchestra).
Born in Montreal, Canada, cellist Louis-Philippe Robillard first came to the United States in 2003 with a performance scholarship to study with Timothy Eddy at the Mannes College of Music in New York City . Graduated with the highest honors and awarded the Prix de conservatoire from Montreal Conservatory, Mr. Robillard has previously studied with Carole Sirois and Dorothy Bégin, and has worked with Mstislav Rostropovich, Lynn Harrell, David Soyer, Desmond Hoebig, Hans Jorgen Jensen, and Philippe Muller in masterclasses and private lessons. Mr. Robillard has won competitions such as the Canadian Music Competition, the Montreal Conservatory Concerto Competition, and the New World Symphony Concerto Competition. He has been performing as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, giving recitals in New York and Montreal, and participating in international festivals such as the Domaine Forget International Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Sun Valley Summer Symphony and the Canadian National Art Center's Young Artists Programme. Louis-Philippe Robillard has been a member of the New World Symphony and the Fort Worth Symphony before joining the Utah Symphony in 2016.
More commonly known as Louis in the United States, Louis-Philippe enjoys spending his spare time hiking, swimming, cooking and drinking too much coffee.
Kevin Shumway was born in Neptune, New Jersey, in 1969. His family moved to Holladay, Utah when he was 5. He started cello at his elementary school at age 9 and began private lessons at age 11. As a teenager, he studied with Stephen Emerson, Assistant Principal Cellist of the Utah Symphony. Kevin attended Northwestern University from 1987 to 1992, studying cello performance with Hans Jensen. In his senior year he won the School of Music Concerto Competition. At the National Repertory Orchestra's 1992 summer festival he was soloist with Joseph Silverstein, violinist and conductor. His final year of conservatory training took place at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Stephen Geber, Principal Cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. Kevin joined the Utah Symphony cello section in 1994. He is married to violinist Emily Day-Shumway.
Pegsoon Whang, cello, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and the Mannes College, where she graduated as "Most Outstanding Graduating Student." She has performed with the Seoul Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Lawton Philharmonic, and the North Carolina School of the Arts Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, she concertized in France, Italy, Germany, and the US. She is a member of Quattro Amici and the Snake River Chamber Players in Colorado. Festival appearances have included the Grand Teton Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival, and the Colorado Music Festival, where she was appointed principal cello.