John Haines-Eitzen

News for 2018:

Cellist John Haines-Eitzen and pianist Matthew Bengtson (The Sierra Duo) completed a multi-year recording project for Albany Records of all of Roberto Sierra’s music for cello and piano including “Three Montunos for cello and prepared piano,” composed by Roberto for the album.  In reviews, Fanfare Magazine called the music, “masterful works played in an equally masterful fashion,” and reviewer Colin Clarke praised the CD for its “boundless energy,” and for being “brilliantly in tune,” with a “true sense of chamber music.”  This season, the Sierra Duo performed recitals and gave masterclasses at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, as well as James Madison University in Virginia, High Point University in Greensboro, North Carolina, and several other venues.  In April, Haines-Eitzen also released a CD entitled “Spanish and Italian music for solo cello” (Aramus Records) which includes rarely heard music by Francesco Scipriani, Giuseppe dall’Abaco, Isaac Albéniz, and Gaspar Cassadó.  The Aramus album won a Gold Medal in the spring 2018 classical music category of the Global Music Awards, a competition that receives hundreds of entries each year from independent and major record labels.


Cornell Senior Lecturer and Artist-in-Residence John Haines-Eitzen has performed in major concert halls throughout Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. He was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1995 until 2005 and has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony, and the North Carolina Symphony. His solo and chamber music appearances have taken him to cities in Japan, China, Brazil, and Italy, as well as the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the Sarasota Music Festival in Florida, and numerous concert series throughout the United States.

In addition to performing chamber music regularly with his colleagues at Cornell University, Mr. Haines-Eitzen has collaborated with renowned artists including pianists Yefim Bronfman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Wolfgang Sawallisch, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Städe, violist Roberto Diaz, the Casals String Quartet, and principal musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has appeared as a guest artist at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia as part of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series and at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall with The Vandermark Ensemble, of which he served as Artistic Director from 2003-2008. His chamber music performances have been featured on National Public Radio stations throughout the United States.

Haines-Eitzen is a graduate of Indiana University where he was a student of Janos Starker. In reviews, his playing has been described as “romantically yearning” (Columbus Dispatch), “forceful and emotional” (Greensboro News and Record), and “with technical mastery and perceptive maturity” (Trent, Italy, Arts Review). A dedicated proponent of new music, he has collaborated with and premiered works by James Matheson, Victor Davies, Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, Zachary Wadsworth, Spencer Topel, Stuart Duncan, Diego Vega, Kay Rhie, Xi Wang, Norbert Palej, Chris Gendal, Steven Gorbos, along with numerous other award winning composers. Highlights of recent seasons include solo performances and masterclasses at the China Conservatory in Beijing and a two CD set of the Six Suites for Solo Cello by J.S. Bach (Aramus Records).

some of John Haines-Eitzen’s recent performances and videos:

“Song of the Birds”arranged for solo cello by John Haines-Eitzen

Premiere performance of Niccolo Athens’ “6 Apparitions for cello and piano,”  written for the Sierra Duo (John Haines-Eitzen, cello, with University of Michigan piano professor Matthew Bengtson):

having some fun with an iPhone and Adobe Premiere!

Sierra Duo — live concerts clips

Golden Oldies! A couple of random Youtube videos of the Philadelphia Orchestra on tour (back when John had slightly more hair).