2017 Festival Orchestra: Rainer Eudeikis

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Rainer Eudeikis, cello 

Rainer Eudeikis joined the Utah Symphony as Principal Cellist in 2014, having been appointed (at 23 years old) while still a student at the Curtis Institute of Music. He has also served as Principal Cellist of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and the Central City Opera. 

Recent performances include Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Salt Lake Symphony, the U.S. premiere of renowned composer Bright Sheng’s “The Blazing Mirage” for Solo Cello and String Orchestra (Bright Sheng conducting) at Music From Angel Fire, appearances for the Nova and Intermezzo chamber music series in Salt Lake City, and other recital appearances across the United States. Upcoming performances in the 2017/2018 season include Strauss’ Don Quixote with the Utah Symphony and Maestro Thierry Fischer, and C.P.E. Bach’s Cello Concerto in A Major for Nova in Salt Lake City. 

He has participated in numerous international festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), Britten-Pears Programme at Aldeburgh (UK), and the Académie Musicale Internationale de Vaison-la-Romaine (France). Rainer was a two-year fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and was a member of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall (directed by Jaime Laredo), where he was Principal Cellist in 2011.

Born in Texas in 1990, Rainer began cello studies at the age of six. Following studies in Colorado with Jurgen de Lemos, he attended the University of Michigan as a student of Richard Aaron, completing his B.M. in 3 years with highest honors. He received his M.M. from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Eric Kim. In May 2014, Rainer completed his Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley.