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Leo Eguchi, cello

Cellist Leo Eguchi maintains a very active and multi-faceted performance schedule – he can be heard as a founding member of the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, principal cellist of the New Bedford Symphony, a member of the Portland Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, as well as in frequent appearances with the Boston Pops Esplanade, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Boston Lyric Opera Orchestras. A strong advocate of new music, Leo has premiered pieces by and worked closely with many notable composers, including William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, George Crumb, Lukas Foss, Joan Tower, Ken Ueno and Michael Daugherty and often performs with contemporary music groups such as Brave New Works, Firebird Ensemble, White Rabbit, Xanthos Ensemble and ALEA III. Mr. Eguchi also loves to play chamber music – he was a founding member of the Lunaire String Quartet and often performs with groups such as Chameleon Arts Ensemble and the Walden Chamber Players. Other recent chamber music highlights include a Mendelssohn Octet performance with Ron Patterson (Former concertmaster of Monte-Carlo, Houston, Denver, and Miami symphonies, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra) and Malcolm Stewart (Concertmaster Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Leader Laureate of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), and participation in the Educational Bridge program – an exchange tour of Moscow and collaboration with Russian musicians. In addition to his classical career, Mr. Eguchi can be heard on stages ranging from small klezmer ensembles to stadium rock shows. As an educator and clinician, Mr. Eguchi has received much attention and is on the faculty of the Brookline Music School and until recently the University of Maine – Farmington.

A native of Michigan, Mr. Eguchi began his cello studies at the age of twelve with Eva Ell and Louis Potter Jr. He holds Bachelor’s degrees with honors in Physics and in Cello Performance from the University of Michigan, where he studied cello with Anthony Elliott and a Masters degree from Boston University, where he was a student of George Neikrug and receipient of the String Department Award for Excellence. Mr. Eguchi has performed in master classes for such cello giants as Janos Starker, David Soyer, Ronald Leonard and Leslie Parnas.