Cellist Erin Ellis leads a busy and versatile career as a performer and teacher. She has performed in cities across the United States as well as in Canada, Chile, Italy, and Holland. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Erin appears as a chamber musician at venues including the University of Alabama, Agnes Scott College, the Atlanta Public Library, and Georgia State University. She was recently appointed Assistant Principal Cello of the Atlanta Opera and serves as principal cellist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (GA). She is also a member of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra (SC).
Also an accomplished baroque cellist, Erin has appeared as soloist with the Eastman Collegium Musicum, has performed at the Longy, Rochester, Tafelmusik, and Vancouver early music festivals, the Memorial Art Gallery (Rochester, NY), and was featured as continuo player for Amherst Early Music Festival’s production of Conradi’s Ariadne. Erin can be heard on several recordings with the New Trinity Baroque Orchestra and is currently a member of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.
Erin maintains a large and active studio of Suzuki, traditional, and collegiate students, ages 5 – 55+. She teaches cello at the Waldorf School of Atlanta, at her private studio in Roswell, Georgia, and as Artist Affiliate at Oglethorpe University. Erin is also in demand as a guest artist and clinician and has conducted masterclasses at several universities, including the University of North Dakota and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Erin spends her summers in Leicester, Vermont performing and coaching at Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Erin began her cello studies as a Suzuki student at the age of 4. She earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and completed Suzuki teacher training with Tanya Carey. Erin went on to receive the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree with a minor in Early Music from the Eastman School of Music, where she was recognized with the Graue Award for Excellence in Musicology. Erin studied the cello with Richard Aaron, David Ying, Alison Wells, Phoebe Carrai, and Martha Gerschefski.