- Bachelor of Music, Music, Eastman School of Music. Project: Cello Performance
- Master of Music, Music, Northern Illinois University. Project: Performance and Pedagogy
John Eckstein is a cellist in the Utah Symphony and teaches cello at the University of Utah. He is an active chamber musician and soloist in addition to his teaching and orchestral duties.
Each year Mr. Eckstein appears on numerous concert series. Most recently he has performed as soloist in the Brahms Double Concerto with Utah Symphony Concertmaster Ralph Matson and the Salt Lake Symphony(10/13), the Nova Chamber Series(10/14), the Sundays@7 series(10/14,2/15) and the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs Colorado(6&8/14). In addition he appears in hundreds of orchestral performances each year.
A tireless advocate for his students, this year(3/15) he is bringing his former teacher and Professor of Cello at Eastman School of Music, Steven Doane, to the University of Utah for a series of classes and recital. Mr. Doane was here two years ago in a similar project designed to enhance the string program by exposing students to the highest international standard and the latest trends in technique/musicianship. Special thanks to the ASUU for their support in making this project possible.
In addition to his current duties, Mr. Eckstein has served as Associate Principal Cello of the New Orleans Symphony, Principal Cello of the Omaha Symphony, and Principal Cello of the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand. He appeared as soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia in Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor.
As a member of the Abramyan String Quartet, he performed hundreds of chamber performances including six international tours. He has also been a regular performer at the Teton Music Festival and the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs Colorado.
Mr. Eckstein was also Visiting Professor of Cello at Lawrence Conservatory in Appleton Wisconsin in 2011 and featured on Wisconsin Public Radio in 'Live from the Chazen'.