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Dr. Eli Lara

Associate Professor of Music
Cello, String Bass, Theory 

Eli Lara

Dr. Eli Lara is an Associate Professor of Music at Austin Peay State University where she teaches cello, bass, music theory, music appreciation, low strings ensemble, and string methods. She graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in molecular biophysics and biochemistry and a Master of Music in cello performance, as a student of Aldo Parisot and Ole Akahoshi. A recipient of the C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship, she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in cello performance at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Joel Krosnick. Awarded the Richard F. French Prize, she traveled to Prague and Vienna to study the string quartet manuscripts of Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff and was subsequently invited to present at an international conference at Arizona State University.

Regarded for thoughtful interpretations, compelling execution, and depth of understanding, Dr. Lara has been praised for creating “a sense of complete awe” (ArtsNash). As an ensemble and solo musician, She has performed across North America, South America, Asia, and Europe. An accomplished chamber musician, she has garnered top prizes at the J.C. Arriaga and Fischoff National Chamber Music Competitions. As a string quartet cellist, she has coached with members of the Brentano, Borromeo, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, and St. Lawrence String Quartets. A member of Trio Séléné, Dr. Lara recently recorded with clarinetist Dr. Mingzhe Wang and pianist Dr. Ilya Poletaev and performed at Rutgers and Columbia Universities.

Committed to promoting contemporary music, Dr. Lara has worked with many composers including Fernando Buide, Krzystof Penderecki, and Jeffrey Wood. She has performed and premiered numerous works by living composers including at the Summergarden at the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Currently co-principal cellist of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Lara also performs with the Nashville Opera Orchestra and records with the Nashville String Machine and Nashville Music Scoring. She has performed as principal cellist of the Paducah Symphony, World Civic Orchestra, Peabody Sinfonia, Orchestra Insonica, and Yale Collegium Musicum. Dr. Lara has appeared on National Public Radio, at major venues such as New York's Alice Tully Hall and London's Wigmore Hall, and at festivals including Birdfoot, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota, Music Academy of the West, Banff (Canada), and Pablo Casals (France). Dr. Lara has taught privately, in several masterclasses, and in numerous teaching residencies including with the Sinfonia por la Vida in Quito, Ecuador.

Phone: (931) 221-7632
Music/Mass Communication Building, Room 218