San Francisco Symphony Appoints New Principal Cellist


For the primary time since 1977, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) welcomes a brand new principal cellist. Appointed by SFS music director Esa-Pekka Salonen, Rainer Eudeikis succeeds the late Michael Grebanier, who led the cello part from 1977 till his loss of life in December 2019.

Eudeikis, 32, was beforehand principal cello of the Atlanta Symphony and Utah Symphony, in addition to for the Primarily Mozart Competition and Cabrillo Competition of Modern Music.

Born in Texas, he started cello research at age six. A graduate of the College of Michigan, Indiana College, and the Curtis Institute of Music, his mentors included Jurgen de Lemos, Richard Aaron, Eric Kim, Carter Brey, and Peter Wiley. A devoted trainer, Eudeikis was invited to function artist-faculty on the Aspen Music Competition and Brevard Music Heart.

“This might be my third main principal place,” Eudeikis informed The SF Chronicle. “[In] each a kind of cases, I used to be coming in after somebody who had been there for a very long time. So I’m accustomed to that dynamic,” he commented on his succeeding Grebanier.

“So long as everybody retains an open thoughts and shares the widespread purpose of simply sounding like an awesome part and enjoying collectively, then I’m optimistic,” he added. “The part members had been very welcoming to me. I’m wanting ahead to becoming a member of them.”

Eudeikis additionally joins extra new SFS members, violists Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss and Leonid Plashinov-Johnson, plus affiliate principal and E-flat clarinetist Matthew Griffith, who will all make their debut as official SFS musicians in September 2022.