A member of Orpheus since 1983, cellist Eric Bartlett has established himself as an artist of formidable talent and artistic integrity. He has appeared frequently as a soloist with Orpheus and is featured on several of their Deutsche Grammophon recordings.
In addition to Orpheus, he has been a member of the New York Philharmonic since 1997; his solo appearances include the Cabrillo Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Anchorage Symphony, the Hartford Chamber Orchestra, the Aspen and Julliard Orchestras and the New York Philharmonic’s Horizons ’84 series. Mr. Bartlett is the recipient of a Solo Recitalist’s Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and a special Performance Award as a finalist of the 1987 New England Conservatory/ Piatigorsky Award. Recent solo appearances include the Cabrillo Music Festival, the Brattleboro Music Center in Vermont and IFCP at the Mannes College of Music in New York.
Recognized as a leading performer of contemporary music, Mr. Bartlett has participated in over ninety premieres with ensembles such as Speculum Musicae, the New York New Music Ensemble, The Group for Contemporary Music and the Columbia String Quartet, and he has commissioned new works for the cello from American composers. During the summer of 2000 Mr. Bartlett was invited by Marin Alsop to be a featured soloist in the North American premiere of James McMillan’s Triduum, the middle third of which is a cello concerto. He has served as either Artist-President or Vice-President of Speculum Musicae since 1990. Bartlett has performed at the Mostly Mozart, Marlboro, Aspen Adirondack, Grand Teton and Waterloo Music festivals, and has been a regular participant at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival since 1996. From 1984 until he joined the New York Philharmonic in 1997 Mr. Bartlett served as both the principal cellist of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and co-principal of Orpheus, and for two seasons was also guest principal of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra.
A native of Marlboro, Vermont, Mr. Bartlett’s early teachers included George Finckel and Blanche Honegger Moyse. From 1973 to 1975, he was a student of Leopold Teraspulsky at the University of Massachusetts. He was awarded full scholarships to both the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School and received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Juilliard where he was a student of Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins.
Eric Bartlett recorded the cello music of Larry Bell for North-South Records on a disk entitled “River of Ponds” (which includes an interesting collaboration with narrator Robert J. Lurtsema) and has also recorded for CRI, Opus One, Bridge, Delos, and Deutsche Grammophon. He teaches Orchestra Repertoire at the Juilliard School and is the lead coach of the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra. He lives in Bergen County, New Jersey with his wife, former Orpheus violist Sarah Clarke and their son, Cory.