Following our inaugural season, founding cellist Kelly Quesada relocated to Chicago to be closer to her partner. We subsequently launched a search for her replacement in March of 2016. After receiving 15 applicants from three countries (United States, Canada, South Africa) we invited six finalists to Eugene for rehearsals and performances. Eric Alterman was one of those finalists whom we ultimately selected to be Delgani’s next cellist.
Eric joins us after five seasons as assistant principal cellist in the Orquestra ￼Sinfônica Brasileira, based in Rio de Janeiro. Eric has appeared in the Rio International Cello ￼Encounter, as a recitalist at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and as a producer of his own ￼programs at the Midrash Cultural Center. A native of New York City, Eric attended pre-college at the ￼Mannes College of Music before completing Bachelors and Masters degrees at Brandeis University ￼and Boston University.
Cellist Eric Schatz Alterman has led an active and varied career as an orchestral and chamber musician. For five seasons, he performed as a section and assistant principal cellist in the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, based in Rio de Janeiro. He was frequently featured in the orchestra’s chamber music series, including a performance of Benjamin Britten’s Suite No. 3 for solo cello to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. A frequent chamber music performer in Rio, Eric has appeared in the Rio International Cello Encounter, as a recitalist at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and as a producer of his own programs at the Midrash Cultural Center. A recent arrival to Oregon as a new member of the Delgani String Quartet, Eric performed in the cello section of the summer Britt Orchestra in Jacksonville, OR.
Eric grew up in New York City, where he began music studies at a young age at the Mannes College of Music. Going on to receive Bachelors and Masters degrees at Brandeis University and Boston University, he studied cello with former and current Lydian Quartet members, Rhonda Rider and Joshua Gordon, and the late Vermeer Quartet cellist, Marc Johnson. Eric has consistently explored and pursued other genres of music, since his college days performing, arranging, and composing in an Arabic fusion ensemble. In Rio, he was a frequent performer of bossa nova at Copacabana’s famed music bar, Bip Bip, and was a recent participant in the New Directions in Cello Fesitval.