Cello at Cornell University

Welcome to the Cornell Cello website!

Fall semester, 2018


Recent  News:

Cornell cellist John Haines-Eitzen’s April 2018 release from Aramus Records entitled “Spanish and Italian music for solo cello”  won a gold medal in the classical music category of the spring 2018 Global Music Awards.  The album features seldom heard cello music by Gaspar Cassadó, Isaac Albéniz, Giuseppe dall’Abaco, Francesco Scipriani, and Luigi Boccherini, as well as the traditional Catalan “Song of the Birds.”

Available on Amazon, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and other online music distribution and streaming services.

At Cornell University, there are many opportunities for cellists to pursue their passion.  Cornell’s Music Department hosts the Cornell Symphony Orchestra, the Cornell Chamber Orchestra, as well as faculty coached chamber music ensembles which change membership and repertoire from semester to semester.  String players interested in learning more about “Historically Informed Performance” or “Performance Practice” may participate in the Viola da gamba consort or “Les Petits Violons,”  the University’s baroque orchestra in which participants perform on instruments with gut strings and period bows.  In many cases, students who don’t own a baroque instrument or bow may borrow one from Cornell’s extensive instrument and bow collection.  Senior Lecturer and Artist-in-Residence cellist John Haines-Eitzen hosts the Cornell Cello Ensemble which performs each year in Cornell’s beautiful Sage Chapel — the acoustics are as stunning as the architecture, and our end of year Cello Fest there is a popular favorite!  Check out this 2017 performance by the cello ensemble on Youtube:

We enjoyed lots of terrific solo performances by Cornell students this year:  Irene Jeong won the Cornell concerto competition with an exciting rendition of the Shostokovich Concerto, and there were some fine sonata performances in our spring chamber music concert, as well.  Here are freshmen Theo Lee-Gannon (Human Biology, Health and Society Major, Class of 2020) and Andy Sheng (Music, Math and Physics Major, Class of 2020) playing two movements of the Prokofiev Sonata.

For more information about opportunities for cellists at Cornell University, please contact John Haines-Eitzen at jah242@cornell.edu