Eli Lara

Eli Lara, cello
Assistant Professor, Cello
Esterhazy Quartet

DMA The Juilliard School

MM Yale School of Music

BA Yale University

257 Fine Arts Building

Regarded for thoughtful interpretations, compelling execution, and depth of understanding, cellist Eli Lara has been praised for creating “a sense of complete awe.” As an ensemble and solo musician, Dr. Lara has performed across North America, South America, Asia, and Europe. She is co-founder of Trio Séléné and was formerly cellist of the award-winning Calla Quartet and the Franklin String Quartet.

Dedicated to promoting contemporary music, Dr. Lara has worked with many composers including Fernando Buide, Krzystof Penderecki, Caroline Shaw, Julia Wolfe, and Jeffrey Wood. She has performed and/or premiered new works in numerous concerts and festivals including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and Summergarden at the New York MoMA. This Fall, the MU School of Music will welcome Dr. Eli Lara as the Assistant Professor of Cello and the newest member of the Esterhazy Quartet.

Dr. Lara performed as co-principal of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, guest principal of the Paducah Symphony, and in the Nashville Opera Orchestra; while in the Nashville area, she also worked frequently as a studio recording musician. Highlights include recording with Willie Nelson as well as video games for Insomniac, Oculus Rift, and Electronic Arts including Madden 16. Dr. Lara has appeared on NPR, at major venues such as New York's Alice Tully Hall and London's Wigmore Hall and at festivals including Birdfoot, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota, Banff, and Festival Pablo Casals (France).

Dr. Lara previously taught at Austin Peay State University. She graduated from Yale University with an undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry and an M.M. in cello performance. A recipient of the C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship, she completed her D.M.A. at The Juilliard School. Her primary teachers include Joel Krosnick, Aldo Parisot, Ole Akahoshi, and Stephen Kates. Awarded the Richard F. French Prize, Eli traveled to Prague and Vienna to study the string quartet manuscripts of Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff and was subsequently invited to present her research at an international conference at Arizona State University.