Eileen Moon-Myers, Cello

The New York Philharmonic

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Eileen Moon

Eileen Moon-Myers joined the cello section of the New York Philharmonic in 1998, and in 2007 was named Associate Principal Cello, The Paul and Diane Guenther Chair. Born and raised in Los Altos, California, she studied piano and cello, eventually continuing her cello studies with Irene Sharp in the Pre-College Division of the San Francisco Conservatory. As a member of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO), Ms. Moon-Myers experienced years of immersion in the comprehensive arts community of the Bay Area and toured Europe and the West Coast, often as a featured soloist. She continued her studies at The Juilliard School, where she earned her bachelor of music degree, and then moved to Vienna to study with Valentin Erben of the Alban Berg Quartet. She was a top prize winner in numerous competitions, including YoungArts (Florida) in 1987, Irving Klein (California) in 1988, Geneva International Competition (Switzerland) in 1991, and Tchaikovsky International Competition (Moscow) in 1994. She has performed in prestigious festivals, and is the founder of the Warwick Music Series in Warwick, New York.

Ms. Moon-Myers’s biggest passions are music presentation, cooking, running, and animal advocacy. She co-founded Friends of Warwick Valley Humane Society and aims to open a sanctuary for injured, abandoned and “retired” animals and wildlife.

“My father recorded Brahms's Violin Concerto with David Oistrakh off an LP, so the very end gets cut off and I always had to quickly flip the tape to finish listening to it. To this day when we get to the last movement, the flow surprises me!”

Q&A with Eileen Moon-Myers

THE FACTS: Born in Los Altos, California. Studied with Irene Sharp at San Francisco Conservatory; bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School; performance diploma from the Hochshule für Musik in Vienna. Won second prize in the Geneva International Competition 1991, and fourth prize in the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition in 1994. Prior to the Philharmonic: San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. At the Philharmonic: Joined in 1998; named Associate Principal Cello in September 2007.

FIRST PIECE OF MUSIC YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH: Brahms's Violin Concerto with David Oistrakh. My father recorded the tape off an LP, so the very end gets cut off and I always had to quickly flip the tape to finish listening to it. To this day when we get to the last movement, the flow surprises me!

TELL US ABOUT THE WARWICK MUSIC SERIES, WHICH YOU FOUNDED: Some of the most passionate and devoted music lovers I have ever met are friends I’ve made since moving to Warwick Valley in 2007, and it gives me joy beyond belief to present spectacular musicians in my amazing community and help it grow. We already have a partnership with another group I co-founded, Friends of Warwick Valley Humane Society, raising money through lectures and performance. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by my own dreams but I firmly believe in the power of conviction and passion!

YOU ALSO STARTED THE ARTEMIS PROJECT: Philharmonic violist Dorian Rence and I co-founded The Artemis Project, a chambermusic- tour-to-Greece turned kitten-rescuerehabilitation- and-adoption organization. Pet rescue and advocation is often fraught with pain and sadness, but miracles happen.

YOU'VE BROUGHT YOUR PHILANTHROPIC SPIRIT TO YOUR LOVE OF DISTANCE RUNNING TOO: Running has become what I do to think, process, rejuvenate, and share. MUSICALEXA (incorporating my beloved niece Alexa’s name) is a running team/concept of mine that I hope to eventually utilize as a meeting place (physical or cyber) for all things running, health, music, the arts, and community. I’m also involved with Celebrate Life Half Marathon, which assists cancer patients with care, treatment, and related needs for those who cannot afford it. The race director, Myriam Loor, and I share not only a love of running, but also the fact that we are both survivors, so it is just that much more visceral a passion for us.


As of February 2015

Upcoming 2019-2020 Performances

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February, 2020 Saturday

Saturday Matinee: <em>Enigma Variations</em>

2:00 PM Concert

Saturday Matinee: Enigma Variations

Program To Include
Dvořák String Sextet
Elgar Enigma Variations
Simone Young Conductor
Sheryl Staples Violin
Michelle Kim Violin
Rebecca Young Viola
Cong Wu Viola
Eileen Moon-Myers Cello
Eric Bartlett Cello


April, 2020 Sunday

Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Hall

3:00 PM Concert

Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Hall

Program To Include
Vanhal Trio, La Chasse
Mendelssohn String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 12
Roussel Trio for Flute, Viola, and Cello
Mozart String Quintet in C major
Blake Hinson Bass
Satoshi Okamoto Bass
Rion Wentworth Bass
Fiona Simon Violin
Sharon Yamada Violin
Robert Rinehart Viola
Eileen Moon-Myers Cello
Leah Ferguson Viola

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