Eric Graf


Eric Graf holds a Master’s degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Dr. Melissa Kraut.

He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, having studied with Tanya Remenikova. He has had years of teaching experience and is an avid teacher of all levels. He taught throughout the Cleveland area prior to moving to Minnesota.

Eric is currently the cellist of Lux String Quartet, a section cellist in the Duluth Symphony, and is a freelance musician and cello teacher based in the Twin Cities.

In Cleveland, Eric was assistant principal cellist with the Wheeling Symphony, section player in the Lexington Philharmonic, and finished his fourth season as principal cellist of the Mansfield Symphony. As founding member of the Aceso Quartet, he traveled to Denmark for a chamber music residency at the Hvide Sande Masterclass. Eric has been a soloist with the Mansfield Symphony, Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra, and Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra, among others. Eric loves solo, chamber, and orchestral playing equally, but has a soft spot for chamber music.

“I’ve never seen a tighter-knit community of students, parents, and teachers, and the quality of the program is also one of the best I’ve ever seen. AUSTE is a truly wonderful program!”