Eli Lara — Cello
Regarded for her thoughtful interpretations, compelling execution, and depth of understanding, cellist Eli Lara has been praised for creating “a sense of complete awe” by ArtsNash.
As an ensemble and solo musician, Eli has performed across North America, South America, Asia, and Europe. A founding member of Trio Séléné, Eli recently recorded with clarinetist Mingzhe Wang and pianist Ilya Poletaev and performed at Rutgers and Columbia Universities. Trio Séléné’s recording of works for clarinet, cello, and piano by Fauré and Zemlinsky as well as a newly commissioned work by Spanish composer Fernando Buide is scheduled for release in 2016.
Dedicated to promoting contemporary music, Eli has worked with many composers including Fernando Buide, Krzystof Penderecki, Caroline Shaw, Julia Wolfe, and Jeffrey Wood, and has performed/premiered new works in concerts and festivals including Summergarden at the New York Museum of Modern Art.
Currently co-principal cellist of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra in Tennessee, Eli also performs with the Paducah Symphony and Nashville Opera. She has appeared on National Public Radio, at major venues such as New York’s Alice Tully Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall and at festivals including Kneisel Hall, Sarasota, Banff, and Festival Pablo Casals (Prades, France).
Eli graduated from Yale University with an undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry and a Master of Music in cello performance, as a student of Aldo Parisot and Ole Akahoshi. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at The Juilliard School where she studied with Joel Krosnick. Awarded the Richard F. French Prize, Eli traveled to Prague and Vienna to study the string quartet manuscripts of Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff and was subsequently invited to present her research at an international conference at Arizona State University. She is currently Assistant Professor of low strings at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.