Cellist Eliza Bracken from Indianapolis, Indiana, began studying the cello at the age of ten, and is now an avid and passionate chamber musician and performer. She will be a junior this fall at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, pursuing a degree in Cello Performance. As well as having a great love for the classics of the repertoire, Eliza also enjoys performing new music, and has premiered many works for up-and-coming composers, resulting in being one of the winners of the composition department’s 2015 Ms. Hong Pham Memorial Recognition Award for New Music Performance. She has participated in multiple chamber music academies and programs, including the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy and Festival (Virginia) and the Castleman Quartet Program, and has been coached by members of the Pacifica Quartet, (Sibbi Bernhardsson, Brandon Vamos, and Simin Ganatra), Jorja Fleezanis, and Mark Kaplan, among many others.
Eliza is also very interested in connecting people through music, and plays concerts as part of a student-based organization called Classical Connections. This organization brings conservatory students to those would usually not have access to classical music, and she often performs in student organized recitals throughout the school year at IU. Eliza studied cello with Ingrid Bellman, (of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra), Peter Stumpf (Indiana University and former principal of LA Philharmonic), and is currently studying with Brandon Vamos, cellist of the renowned Pacifica Quartet, at the IU Jacobs School of Music and was a recipient of the Indiana Premier Young Artist Award.