Called “ideally eloquent” by the Los Angeles Times, cellist Eric Byers enjoys a versatile career as a chamber musician, soloist, and composer. He has appeared on stages around the world including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Wigmore Hall, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne Festival, Ojai Festival, Kennedy Center, Disney Hall, Mozarteum, and Esterházy Palace. Recognized with top prizes at many competitions, Byers made his solo debut at age 18 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. After studies with Alan Harris and Richard Aaron, he worked with Ronald Leonard at USC Thornton School of Music and Colburn Conservatory. He received an Artist Diploma from Juilliard.
Recent solo performances include works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Peter Eötvös, Andrew Norman, Mark Grey, Christine Southworth, Jacob Cooper, Caroline Shaw, and J.S. Bach. A recent performance of ‘Lieux retrouvés’ by Thomas Adès with Gloria Cheng was called ‘magnificent’ and ‘masterful’ (Culture Spot LA). Byers also performs his own compositions for cello and electronics alongside other works. After a 2013 composition retreat at Lou Harrison’s straw bale house in Joshua Tree, Byers began to write for other ensembles as well. Sybarite5 has performed Byers’ music in venues throughout the US including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. His most recent composition is a Bach-inspired Sarabande for Sybarite5 premiered in New York in 2016.
Byers is a member of the Calder Quartet which was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2014. The group performs the work of today’s most exciting emerging and established composers in addition to the core classical repertoire. The quartet was awarded the 2009 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for their innovation in music programming. Recent recordings include Mozart Piano Concerti with Anne-Marie McDermott (2013), the chamber works of Thomas Adès (2015), and a collection of new quartets by a dozen emerging composers called Eclectic Currents (2016).
Byers has also performed with many of today’s revered artists including Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Menahem Pressler, Joseph Kalichstein, Claude Frank, and guitarist Sharon Isben.
His teaching has included masterclasses and coachings at Juilliard, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin College, University of Southern California, Aspen Music Festival, and UCLA and a prior teaching residency at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.
Byers performs on a cello by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume made in Paris ca.1855. He is an avid rock climber in his spare time.