Eric Graf


Eric is a teacher and performer based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Having completed his long-term Suzuki teacher training with Dr. Melissa Kraut, Eric has a deep understanding of the Suzuki method as well as more traditional methods. An avid teacher of all levels and ages, he maintains a full private studio around the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. He has been cello faculty for many summer camps across the country, including the Colorado Chamber Music Institute and Cuyahoga Community College’s Strings Attached camp.

Eric is a section cellist with the Duluth Symphony, and was recently cellist of Minneapolis-based Lux String Quartet for four seasons. During his time in Cleveland, he also held positions as assistant principal cellist with the Wheeling Symphony, section cellist in the Lexington Philharmonic, and principal cellist of the Mansfield Symphony. Eric has performed as soloist with regional orchestras around the country, and has given recitals in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Eric holds a Master’s degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with renowned Suzuki pedagogue Dr. Melissa Kraut. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, having studied with Ms. Tanya Remenikova.

Eric Graf
Eric Graf, professor
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Chair, Music Department


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Coordinator, Music Department


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