Cellist John Eckstein joined the Utah Symphony in 1990 after previously serving as Associate Principal Cello of the New Orleans Symphony and Principal Cello of the Omaha Symphony. In 2004, he served as Principal Cellist with the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand. John has also served on the University of Utah music faculty since 1992.
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 at Northern illinois University. Other teachers have included Steven Doane, Ralph Kishbaum, Richard Kapuschinski and Dennis Brott.
In 2016, Mr. Eckstein co-founded the Haitian Orchestra Institute, designed to give 100 of Haiti’s most advanced orchestral musicians and teachers the opportunity to work with professionals from the Utah Symphony. The annual weeklong workshop provides a training platform never before available in Haiti.