Eric Graf is a performer and teacher based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. He is the cellist of Lux String Quartet, and is a section cellist with the Duluth Symphony. He has also held positions as assistant principal cellist with the Wheeling Symphony, section cellist in the Lexington Philharmonic, and principal cellist of the Mansfield Symphony. As founding member of the Aceso Quartet, he traveled to Denmark for a chamber music residency at the Hvide Sande Masterclass. Eric has performed as soloist with the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony, and Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra, among others. Eric loves solo, chamber, and orchestral playing equally, but has a soft spot for chamber music.
Having completed his long-term Suzuki teacher training with Dr. Melissa Kraut, Eric has a deep understanding of the Suzuki method as well as more traditional methods. An avid teacher of all levels, he teaches around the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Eric holds a Master’s degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with renowned Suzuki pedagogue Dr. Melissa Kraut. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, having studied with Ms. Tanya Remenikova.
Eric grew up playing piano, alto saxophone, and cello. His childhood years playing alto saxophone in jazz band constantly remind him that classical music should be just as fun, free, and expressive.
Lakes Area Music Festival
715 Laurel Street
Brainerd MN 56401
Hours: M, W, F 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.