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Eric Gaenslen

Former Artist in Residence, Cello

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Cellist Eric Gaenslen is a part-time artist-in-residence at the School of Music.  He has been a member of the Rossetti Quartet since 1999. Also a recitalist, he has performed worldwide at such venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Lincoln Center, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. As orchestral soloist he has performed Bloch’s Schelomo at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, the Beethoven Triple Concerto in Mexico and given the premiere performance of Laura Carnibucci’s ‘Siddartha’ for cello and string orchestra. Chamber music performances at major music festivals include the Olympic, Aspen, Evian, Tanglewood, Bowdoin, Banff and Vermont Mozart Festival. Among the artists with whom Mr. Gaenslen has collaborated are Eugene Istomin, Anton Kuerti and Gautier Capucon. He has been a guest artist with the Ying Quartet.

Born in San Francisco, Mr. Gaenslen began his musical studies at the age of seven with master pedagogue Irene Sharp. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University while studying with Aldo Parisot, and his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick, cellist of the Juilliard Quartet. Other major influences on Mr. Gaenslen include Robert Mann, William Pleeth and Gyorgy Kurtag.

Gaenslen is a committed teacher himself and has taught at the Mannes College pre- college in New York and at the University of California at Santa Cruz.