Samuel Pierce-Ruhland, cello
Cellist Samuel Pierce-Ruhland completed his Master’s degree in May 2016 at Mannes College in New York City, where he studied with Timothy Eddy. His previous teachers include Steven Doane of The Eastman School of Music, Hans Jensen of Northwestern University, and Joseph Johnson, principal cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He has played in masterclasses given by Janos Starker, Lynn Harrell, Timothy Eddy, Colin Carr, Paul Watkins, Desmond Hoebig, Clive Greensmith, and Natasha Brofsky, as well as the Guarneri, Mendelssohn, and Pacifica Quartets. A dedicated orchestral musician, Pierce-Ruhland regularly appeared as principal cellist in school and festival orchestras, and was appointed to a one-year full time position in the Rochester Philharmonic for the 2013-14 season following his graduation from Eastman. The 2016-17 season marks his first year as Assistant Principal cellist of the Omaha Symphony. Pierce-Ruhland is also an enthusiastic chamber musician, and has attended festivals such as Yellow Barn, Sarasota, and Music Mountain. In the fall of 2015, he participated in a unique and multifaceted project in Germany involving performing and recording Olivier Messiaen’s Quatour pour la Fin du Temps with digital videographic accompaniment.