Cellist Eric Bartlett has been a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1983 and a member of the New York Philharmonic since 1997, where he currently holds the third chair. He served 14 seasons as principal cellist of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and was a guest principal with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra.
Bartlett grew up in Marlboro, Vt., where he was a student of Stanley Eukers, George Finckel, and Leopold Teraspulsky. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard in 1978 and 1979, as a student of Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins. Bartlett made his New York Philharmonic solo debut on their Contact series in March 2015 as the soloist in Per Nørgård’s Second Cello Concerto, and recently performed the solo cello part of Pierre Boulez’s Messagesquisse, both in New York City and in Shanghai. Bartlett has appeared frequently as a member soloist with Orpheus and is featured on several of their Deutsche Grammophon recordings. In addition to Orpheus, other solo appearances include the Cabrillo Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Anchorage Symphony, Hartford Chamber Orchestra, Aspen and Juilliard Orchestras, and the New York Philharmonic’s Horizons ’84 series.
Bartlett is dedicated to contemporary music and recently released a new album of four commissioned works called Essence of Cello (Albany Records). He is an adjunct professor at Juilliard, where he teaches orchestral repertoire for cello and coaches the conductorless Juilliard Chamber Orchestra.