Eileen Moon joined the cello section of the New York Philharmonic in 1998 and was named Associate Principal Cello, The Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Guenther Chair, in 2007. A native of California, she began her studies with Irene Sharp at the San Francisco Conservatory and subsequently received a bachelor’s of music degree from The Juilliard School and a performance diploma from the Hochshule für Musik in Vienna, Austria.
Ms. Moon won fourth prize at the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition in Moscow in 1994, and second prize at the Geneva International Cello Competition in 1991, resulting in performances in France and a radio recording in Switzerland. She has performed chamber music at numerous venues in and around New York City and appears frequently with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Concert Hall.
Ms. Moon currently serves in an organizational role for a number of charitable causes as both a performer and presenter. Her passion for animals resulted in the formation of Friends of Warwick Valley Humane Society, an auxiliary group devoted to fundraising through educational seminars and performances. In addition, she is involved with The Artemis Project, a non-profit animal rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption organization in New York City, which she co-founded in 2000 with Philharmonic colleague Dorian Rence. Ms. Moon is a strong advocate for Celebrate Life Half Marathon, whose mission is to assist cancer patients with treatment and associated care.
Eileen Moon is artistic advisor at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County, New York, and curator and presenter of its chamber music series, Sundays with Friends. She is founder and artistic director of Warwick Music Series in Warwick, New York, where she resides with Principal Horn Philip Myers and their animals.